Three of the first five winners at Saturday's The Wave meeting at the Gold Coast were sold by Eureka Stud as yearlings, including Finance Tycoon (Written Tycoon), who stamped his credentials for next week's R. Listed Magic Millions 2YO Classic with an impressive victory in the Aquis Gold Nugget.
The timing couldn't have been better for Eureka Stud's draft of 27 for the Sale, which includes Finance Tycoon's half-brother by resident stallion Spirit Of Boom, who is catalogued as Lot 211.
"That's exactly what you want before a sale. You can't get much better than having winners on the weekend prior. It’s exciting to see a couple of Spirit Of Booms doing a good job and Finance Tycoon certainly looks a very good performer and hopefully he can show his worth next week," McAlpine told TDN AusNZ.
Finance Tycoon is now on the fourth line of betting for the $2 million Classic, having been purchased for $150,000 by McKeever Bloodstock at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale 12 months ago. McAlpine said the colt, now a winner of two of his three starts, including the G3 Maribyrnong Plate, always shaped as a forward horse, capable of making his presence felt as a 2-year-old.
"That's exactly what you want before a sale. You can't get much better than having winners on the weekend prior." - Scott McAlpine
"Written Tycoons are a dominant sort of breed and the whole ambition of this Sale is that they can come back and make an impression as 2-year-olds," he said. "He is a relaxed horse, well-balanced. I saw him this morning. Ben Hayes was bringing him out of the stable and he has pulled up perfectly. Nothing seems to worry him. He does his job and he's got the ability."
The inevitable question which McAlpine will no doubt answer plenty of times this week on the sales grounds is how does his half-brother compare?
"He's a similar horse to him. He's quite well grown. He's a lovely horse, a typical Spirit Of Boom, a good hindquarter, nice length, good rein and a good shoulder. He's pretty similar to Finance Tycoon, maybe a little bigger than him at the same age," he said.
"He's a lovely horse, a typical Spirit Of Boom, a good hindquarter, nice length, good rein and a good shoulder." - Scott McAlpine
The run of good form from Eureka Stud graduates is set to benefit all the nine Spirit Of Booms in the Eureka Stud draft, with Saturday's other two winners, Boomnova and Sugar Boom, both by the Eureka Stud sire.
The current crop of Spirit Of Boom yearlings are the first conceived at the much higher stud fee of $55,000 (inc GST), and McAlpine said the quality he and others present at the Gold Coast reflects that.
"The Spirit Of Booms tend to handle it all so well. Everyone comments on how well-behaved and educated they are and that's our job to ensure they have those qualities," he said.
"The reports that are coming through on the Spirit Of Booms on the sales ground here, everybody is giving us a very positive outlook on them. We had some lovely mares go to the horse to get these yearlings and they are living up to that expectation.
"The ones we have got here are no different. As a stud, we have had to be more competitive, so we have bought better quality mares to go to him for this crop. The result is that they are just nice well-balanced racehorses, they have great temperaments, they are built to be racehorses and they are proving their worth."
Best of the Spirits
The first Spirit Of Boom yearling Eureka will offer will be Lot 63, a colt out of the city-winning mare Assertory (Not A Single Doubt).
"He's the first foal of a Not A Single Doubt mare and he's a lovely horse. He's a great first foal, a well-grown colt. That mare looks set to make it as a broodmare as time goes on," McAlpine said.
Lot 898 is another first foal, with the colt out of Listed winner Tiyatrolani (Captain Sonador).
"He's so well-balanced. He swings along and everybody seems to like him, including ourselves," he said.
There will be also plenty of interest in Lots 493 and 628, who are both out of mares which have already produced stakes winners to Spirit Of Boom in Champagne Boom and Boomsara.
"Lot 628 is a different cut to Boomsara, probably not as strong, but more racey. He's got a bit more length and athleticism and we feel he will sell well on type," he said.
"The full brother to Champagne Boom, he's a younger foal, born on November 6, but he's going to make into a nice quality horse."
Beyond the Booms
The quality in Eureka Stud's draft extends well beyond just the progeny of Spirit Of Boom, with McAlpine also highlighting Lot 117, the Vancouver half-brother to multiple stakes placegetter Boomtown Lass (Spirit Of Boom).
"Boomtown lass has run something like 12 seconds and has been a close second in stakes races her past two. She's been so close and can't quite get that win but she is so consistent and her half-brother is a really nice horse," he said.
He also pointed to Lot 419, a colt by Rubick out of city-winning Stratum mare Jessamin, and Lot 270, a filly half-sister to promising 2-year-old Rambeau (Brazen Beau), by Epaulette.
"We love Epaulette. We’ve been a supporter from Day 1 and haven't been disappointed with an Epaulette yet," he said.
"The other one, is the Headwater colt (Lot 699) out of Regal Tier, making him a full brother to Wisdom Of Water. He really looks like a special racehorse. He's got the temperament, and he's got the build. He's just a readymade racehorse in my opinion."
Positive vibes ahead of Sale
Given the strength of his draft and the recent racetrack success, it is not surprising that McAlpine is taking a positive mindset into the Sale, which begins on Tuesday.
"I think it will be okay this week. I won't say it will be easy, but the interest is there, talking to the people that are looking to be purchasing, they are all positive," he said.
"I won't say it will be easy, but the interest is there, talking to the people that are looking to be purchasing, they are all positive." - Scott McAlpine
"We have had a lot of inspections at the farm over the previous month from a lot of people that we don't normally get. We have got a good draft and so it’s been worthwhile coming to look at those 27 horses.
"I think at the moment, the vibe is pretty positive."