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SPIRIT OF BOOM – ANOTHER HUG (by Al Maher)

SPIRIT OF BOOM – ANOTHER HUG (by Al Maher)

 

By Kristen Manning

Spirit Of Boom enjoyed a marvellous career on the track and now he is doing just as well in retirement, the tough and classy campaigner proving himself to be one of the country’s most reliable stallions.

Known for his soundness and durability, Spirit Of Boom raced 52 times, winning nine races and finishing in the placings on a further 20 occasions - amassing over $2.4 million in stakes.

Performing consistently over five seasons, the handsome son of prolific winner getter Sequalo (736 individual winners with an outstanding strike rate of 70%) was up early - racing six times at two - and was still in great form in his last campaign, at his penultimate start winning the Gr.1 Doomben 10,000 (defeating his half-brother Temple Of Boom and the globe-trotting star Buffering) and at his finale finishing on the heels of the place getters in the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap.

Rarely did Spirit Of Boom campaign outside of stakes level and each of his last 28 starts were in Group company. He contested 18 Gr.1 races - winning the Doomben 10,000 and the William Reid Stakes and finishing in the placings in another five.

A winner at five different tracks (Doomben, Moonee Valley, Caulfield, Gold Coast and Eagle Farm), Spirit Of Boom was successful from 900m to 1400m, handling tracks from soft to firm.

Close to the pace or setting back, Spirit Of Boom was as adaptable as he was talented and he is passing on his admirable traits to his progeny who have been in flying form of late – 13 winners in July including one stakes win and four stakes placings.

Australia’s fourth leading fourth season sire for the racing year just past, Spirit Of Boom is really holding his own against the likes of Zoustar, Declaration Of War and Dundeel, all of whom started their stud careers off at considerably higher service fees.

Spirit Of Boom is already the sire of 137 winners, his strike rate of 60.6% impressive as is his record of 11 stakes winners;  the Gr.3 gallopers Boomsara and Spirits Aubeer and the Listed winners  Jami Lady, Outback Barbie, EF Troop, Jonker, Champagne Boom, Frangipani Moon, Sugar Boom, Heaven’s Deal and Perudo.

Also the sire of seven stakes place getters and 26 other metropolitan winners, Spirit Of Boom has seen his stud fee rise from $11,000 – last spring serving 172 mares at a fee of $44,000.

This filly’s dam Another Hug has sadly not had a lot of luck at stud but the foals she has had have ability – her first Wulfwin a prolific winner of ten races, a tough campaigner who raced over five seasons. Meanwhile her 3Y0 Beanhugged was close up at his Sunshine Coast debut at his only two-year-old start; plenty of promise there.

Another Hug is out of the excellent mare And A Hug, a six times city winner who was a close up third in the Gr.1 Queensland Oaks won by the super filly Slight Chance. All eight of her foals to race are winners including the durable Mitanni – winner of 20 races and over $1.1 million; taking out the Gr.2 Sir Byrne Hart Stakes, the Listed Eyeliner Stakes and the Listed Summer Cup.

Also dam of the stakes placed Hindsight and three other metropolitan winners (Proud Native, More Than Hugs and Show Affection – between them the winners of 17 races), And A Hug is one of seven winners produced by her city winning dam With A Kiss.

Her dam Wish Me Well was also a prolific producer, her eight winners (from nine to race) including the stakes winner Let Me Tell – another horse from this family who really knew how to find the line, winning 11 races including the Listed Lightning Handicap.

This family has been producing classy winners for generations, Wish Me Well’s stakes winning dam Moon Trek being a full sister to the dual stakes winner Young Rego – their dam Shetland being the ancestress of such tough stakes winners as Sound Of Bells, Hooplahannah, Grey Colnik), Super Espion, Honey Grove, Ben Bulben and Quick Flick – Gr.1 George Ryder Stakes winner.

Testament to the winning determination displayed by the members of this family is that the horses mentioned above between them won an amazing 72 races!

This filly’s Gr.1 Australian Guineas winning dam sire Al Maher, a ¾ brother to Redoute’s Choice, has been a quiet achiever at stud – siring 35 stakes winners including the Gr.1 gallopers Delicacy, Fat Al, Almalad and Diamond Drille. His winners-to-runners is a strong 64.2%, his stakes winner ratio a very good 5.2%.

And now Al Maher is doing a good job as a broodmare sire, his daughters already producing seven stakes winners including this year’s ATC Derby hero Quick Thinker.

Another Hug’s first four dams are all successful broodmares, between them producing 29 winners from 37 to race – an outstanding 78.3% strike rate.

This filly is bred on a 4 X 3 cross of the superstar stallion Danehill, sire of Spirit Of Boom’s Gr.1 C.F Orr Stakes winning dam sire Special Dane and of Another Hug’s sire Al Maher.

Spirit Of Boom has done a great job with mares boasting an extra Danehill strain – four of his 11 stakes winners bred in this way; EF Troop, Outback Barbie, Jonker and Frangipani Moon – as well as four stakes place getters and another 46 winners.

Further strengthening this pedigree is Al Maher’s strain of Halo who, like Danehill (and Northern Dancer to whom this filly is line-bred 6 X 5 X 6), is a descendant of the legendary broodmare Almahmoud. She is just one of several influential mares duplicated here, others including Marchetta, Myrobella, Quiver, Selene, Mumtaz Begum, La Troienne, Queen Mary and Commotion.

Spirit Of Boom has had just two runners out of Al Maher mares, a consistent win and a lightly raced and promising place getter.