Following a successful 2016-17 with 48 winners, Boomer Bloodstock (FBAA) began the new season in kind with Prize Catch and Thunderstrut in Perth.
The Lindsey Smith-trained gallopers are stablemates of Boomer’s Group 1 winning graduate Scales Of Justice.
Prize Catch (Zoffany) won the Seacorp Hcp (1650m) at Belmont on August 2 and Thunderstrut (Choisir) broke through in the John Ward Maiden (1303m) at Pinjarra on August 10.
Smith has long-range Kalgoorlie Cup plans for Prize Catch next year. “He’s still learning and we will keep him going during the winter months. He’s going to be a much better horse in 12 months.
“He used to go out hard but we ride him cold now,” Smith continued. “He ran well in a good field last time and the form out of that race has stacked up.”
The 4yo gelding is a younger half-brother to G3 Hobart Cup winner Hurdy Gurdy Man and was a $42,000 Boomer buy at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. He is owned by a Belhus Racing syndicate that includes former Carlton premiership player Ross Ditchburn.
Thunderstrut (Choisir) scored an all-the-way victory as an odds-on favourite at Pinjarra on Thursday. Boomer’s Craig Rousefell bought the 3yo filly for $120,000 from Dawson Stud at the 2016 Perth Magic Millions on behalf of part-owners Richard & Mark Bayliss.
Choisir sired recently retired Boomer graduate Obviously (G1 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint) and his WA winner is a half-sister to Catlantic who has won 8 races to date in Perth and the Great Southern for Lex Piper and Graham Daws.
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