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SPIRIT OF BOOM - SHE BRINGS JOY (by Sebring)

SPIRIT OF BOOM - SHE BRINGS JOY (by Sebring)

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 (735 individual winners!) 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 placegetters 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.

Currently Australia's fourth leading third season sire behind three stallions (Zoustar, Declaration Of War and Dundeel) who started their stud careers off at considerably higher service fees, Spirit Of Boom is proving to be a real upgrader.

77.2% of Spirit Of Boom's named foals have already made it to the track with 123 of his 210 runners being winners, another 46 placed; that's 80.5% of his runners to date - many whom are still lightly raced - finishing in the first three.

Ten of Spirit Of Boom's progeny are stakes winners with Boomsara and Spirits Aubeer successful at Gr.3 level whilst the speedy gallopers Outback Barbie, EF Troop, Jonker, Champagne Boom, Frangipani Moon, Sugar Boom, Heaven's Deal and Perudo are all Listed winners.

Also the sire of six stakes placegetters and 25 other metropolitan winners, Spirit Of Boom has seen his stud fee rise from $11,000 in his debut season to $44,000 and last spring he again proved very popular serving 170 mares.

Spirit Of Boom and his sire Sequalo hail from the same female line (descendants of the influential matriarch Paraffin), one that has also produced Never Say Die who is in Spirit Of Boom's dam line. Spirit Of Boom is faring extra well with mares who carry further strains of this family and She Brings Joy is one such mare with another Never Say Die strain as well as Dignitas.

Four of Spirit Of Boom's ten stakes winners are, like this filly, line-bred to the great Danehill. One of the best of those is Outback Barbie (a triple Listed winner who was stakes placed at her most recent outing) whose second Danehill strain comes through Flying Spur as it does in this pedigree - Flying Spur being the dam sire of Sebring.

One of the outstanding stallion More Than Ready's best sons, Sebring was beaten only once in a six start career, one that saw him win two Gr.1 races - the Golden Slipper Stakes and the AJC Sires Produce Stakes.

Sebring, who sadly died last spring, has done a great job at stud with 59 stakes winners (six Gr.1 winners). It is still early days for him as a broodmare sire but his sire More Than Ready has proven a great force in this regard with his daughters producing 95 stakes winners including eight Gr.1 winners.

This filly is the second foal produced by the lightly raced winner She Brings Joy who is now in Victoria, served last spring by the Australian Guineas winner Palentino.

She Brings Joy is a daughter of the metropolitan winning Beautiful Crown mare Mandlikova whose dam is the stakes placed multiple city winner My Czech Chick who also produced the nine times winner Prince Of Prague.

Ancestress of this family is the legendary mare Pretty Polly - "one of the all-time great race mares of the English turf." The winner of 22 of her 24 starts, she is also one of the most influential broodmares of all time with her descendants including the big race winners Luthier, Artaius, Brigadier Gerard, Fantastic Light, Donatello II, Psidium, Lady Sybil, St Paddy, Northern Taste, Marwell, Invasor, Workforce and Nearctic (sire of Northern Dancer)... whilst in Australia major races have been won by her descendants Half Hennessy, Catbird, Your Song , Vintage Crop and True Jewels.

Bred along proven lines by a classy and popular stallion, this filly is bred for speed and looks a nice option for the Queensland market.