Spirit of Boom named Gold Coast Horse Of The Year

Spirit Of Boom was crowned Gold Coast Horse Of The Year on the weekend.  He clinched the award after winning the Goldmarket Hcp (1300m) and Magic Millions Cup (1400m) in January.

Trained by Tony Gollan, Spirit Of Boom beat a strong field of contenders for the 2011-12 trophy which included Brisbane two-year-old Sizzling, Gold Coast sprinter Celtic Dancer, New Zealand mare Shez Sinsational, Magic Millions Classic winner Driefontein and Magic Millions Guineas winner Punch On.

Spirit Of Boom (4h Sequalo – Temple Spirit by Special Dane) continued his fine summer form into the Queensland Winter Carnival finishing fourth at Group 1 level behind Sea Siren in the Doomben 10,000.

“This horse gave us all some great moments here at the Gold Coast this year and we are thrilled to win this prestigious award,” Gollan said.  “He’s come back very well after his break and will be heading to Melbourne where we hope he can break through to win his first Group 1.”

Eureka Stud’s Colin and Scott McAlpine bred Spirit Of Boom and they kept a share in the colt after he sold for $90,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale.  His older half-brother Temple Of Boom (Piccolo) reserves his best for Flemington winning the G2 Gilgai Stakes, G3 Aurie’s Star Hcp and LR Swisse Stakes down the famous straight-six.

The Gold Coast Turf Club also announced its first inductees into the Hall Of Fame.  Two horses, two jockeys, three trainers and three racing associates were inducted.

HORSES:  Snippets & Stylish Century

JOCKEYS:  Mick Dittman & Ken Russell

TRAINERS:  Jim Griffiths, Greg Mance & Alan Bailey

ASSOCIATES:  Alan Hollindale, Carl Waugh & Geoff Fanning