Eureka Stud

published: 17 Mar 2015 in Inglis Easter 2015 - Vendors

WHEN Andrew McAlpine founded Eureka Stud on the Darling Downs in 1935 he could not have imagined the success that was to come the way of this family-owned thoroughbred nursery. In recent times horses like AJC Oaks winner Just Now, Magic Millions 2YO Classic heroine Sea Cabin and the brilliant brothers Spirit of Boom and Temple of Boom have flown the flag for the stud.

Similar to a number of thoroughbred studs in Queensland, the property has been handed down from one generation to the next with Andrew’s son and grandson, Colin and Scott, the current managing owners. Whether it is the breeding and agistment of mares, rearing foals, raising and preparing yearlings, or spelling racehorses, Eureka’s philosophy is to allow horses to relax and roam free over undulating hills or across miles of natural pasture or crop-sown paddocks to assists in their development, progress and peace of mind. 

“The fertile black soil of the Darling Downs, the fresh running creek water, rolling hills and Queensland sunshine, all amidst the fresh mountain air atop the Great Dividing Range, works wonders for the development, rest and recovery of horses,” Scott said. Over the years Eureka has earned the title of Leading Queensland Stud and has stood successful Queensland stallions, Semipalatinsk (USA), Brave Warrior and Piccolo (GB) amongst others. The recently retired dual Gr.1 winner Spirit of Boom and Red Dazzler (sire of Gr.1 winner Tinto) are the current resident stallions. 

The past 12 months has been a particularly fruitful period for Eureka thanks to the deeds of not only Spirit of Boom (Gr.1 wins in the Doomben 10,000 and William Reid Stakes) and his half-brother the ATC The Galaxy- Gr.1 winner Temple of Boom (Victory Stakes-Gr.2 and runner-up in the Doomben 10,000-Gr.1 and Stradbroke Handicap-Gr.1), but also with Tinto winning the Queensland Oaks–Gr.1 and Pure Purrfection taking out the Listed Bribie Handicap. Pure Purrfection is now in foal to Spirit of Boom. 

Eureka mares have won the Queensland Broodmare of the Year Award on no less than five occasions, most recently with Temple Spirit, dam of Spirit of Boom and Temple of Boom. The stud owes much of its success to a historical (yet increasingly rare) approach of supporting foundation mares and their daughters over decades, a strategy Scott says is “also supported by world renowned owner/ breeder, the Aga Khan”. Eureka is taking two colts to the 2015 Australian Easter Yearling sale in April and Scott was keen to talk about the youngsters and the sale in general. 

Q: How long have you been selling at the Inglis Easter Sale? 

A: “Last year was our first year back at Easter after quite some time. We sold three Snitzel yearlings and one of them, Air Apparent, is showing quite a bit of promise. She was sixth of 14 in the Blue Diamond Stakes-Gr.1 on February 28 and looks to have a bright future.”

Q: Why do you like selling at Easter?

A: “Being a later sale it offers an opportunity for the yearlings to develop further than they may have if prepared for the earlier sales. Easter is a premium auction and it attracts owners and trainers from all over Australia and internationally. It’s a sale we particularly target with yearlings who are out of our better-bred mares and by the top-end sires.”

Q: What are some of your recent selling highlights at Inglis?

A: “We sold three nice yearlings at the Classic Sale this February and were quite happy with our results. Our QTIS Hinchinbrook colt sold for 65,000 and we also sold a nice Snitzel filly and a Smart Missile colt. At the 2014 Easter Sale we sold Air Apparent for $100,000 and she already looks a really good buy for her owners.” 

Q: Can you tell me about some of the racetrack successes for Eureka-bred horses?

A: “Eureka has helped produce Group winners in every state of Australia including Gr.1 winners Spirit of Boom, Temple of Boom, Tinto, Picaday, Just Now, Scenic Peak and Show a Heart, as well as multiple Group wins and Gr.1 seconds for horses such as Eureka Jewel, Memphis Blues and Skalato. We’re looking forward to following the success of Air Apparent this autumn and in the future.

Q: Can you provide an overview of your 2015 draft?

A: “We are taking two athletic and very well bred colts to Sydney. The first is Lot 391, a strong son of So You Think (NZ). He is out of homebred Eureka mare Express Air (Piccolo (GB)), a winner of three races including the Queensland Guineas-Gr.2. This colt is a fourth generation horse from the farm and we have had good success with prolific winners such as stakes winner Diamondsondinside, a winner of 15 races, and stakes-placed horses such as Pearly Shells (eight wins) and Igles Star (seven wins), all from the family of this colt. 

“So You Think (High Chaparral) is a multiple Gr.1 winner in Australia and Europe and of course a dual winner of Australia’s premier WFA race, the W.S. Cox Plate-Gr.1. He was a champion on the track and if early sales results are anything to go by, he looks like being a successful sire. 

“The second of our colts is Lot 509, a very well-related son of New Approach. A son of Galileo, New Approach was a superb two and three year-old and his eight wins (five Gr.1) included the Dewhurst Stakes-Gr.1 and the English Derby-Gr.1. He’s doing a good job in both the hemispheres as a stallion with his winners including Dawn Approach, European Champion Two Year-Old Colt and winner of eight of his 12 starts. Dawn Approach shuttled for Darley in 2014. In Australia, New Approach has sired May’s Dream winner of the Australian Oaks-Gr.1 as well as Group winners Gamblin’ Guru and Montsegur. This colt, from the Danehill Dancer mare Bal du Siecle (GB), is from a very well-performed family whose members include the champion Might and Power and other Gr.1 winners Mosheen and Lucky Owners. On type it will be difficult to find a better-looking horse at the sales. We’re excited to be taking these two colts to the sales and are confident both will be popular. Try to find Ticino escorts with approved photos on this site. ”



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