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27 Jun 2018


The 2018 Sale Season is now officially over and we were the most active we have been across all the eastern seaboard sales since our formation. 

Boom Racing Thoroughbreds WEANLINGS

With the business changing direction somewhat to one that will have more of an emphasis on breeding and trading we delved into the weanling market with the aim of pinhooking them at the yearling sales.

Our approach to the selection of the weanling is very similar to that of selecting yearlings. For us it has to be about the pedigree first as we need to have something that people want to buy. That though is offset a little by type as all of the big buyers and their agents now focus on type rather than the pedigree.

They can do this as they are mostly the end product and are not looking to on sell. We have to have that in the back of our minds because that group form a huge percentage of the buying bench.

Buying to pinhook is also a numbers game as you are not always going to get the result on every horse. In fact some of the statistics around it are damning in terms of people making a profit from it.

The 3 we purchased are by Golden Slipper winner Vancouver whose Filly has a great page, Nicconi filly out of an English winning 2-year-old mare and a filly by Toronado who was an outstanding racehorse in Great Britain.

Vancouver - Perpetuum filly: Coolmore Stud

Vancouver Filly : Small but good boned and if she can grow naturally we will be looking at a good profit with an outstanding pedigree behind her.

Toronado - Chevaleresse: Supreme Thoroughbreds

Cracking type: Toronado Filly likely to go back through the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale

Boom Racing Thoroughbreds BROODMARES

With Spirit of Boom setting the industry on fire in Australia it meant we needed to upgrade our mares unless we would be on the bottom of the pile when they go through the ring in a couple of years time. He will serve 220 mares this upcoming season and the mares lined up now match the opportunities that the top stallions in the country receive.

Spirit of Boom Progeny: Temperament a key ingredient

He has achieved what he has done so far on the back of low grade mares and a far cry from the mares most stallions receive in Australia. One of those mares includes our mare, Boomalicious who has surprised us no end.

Only 2 months again we were looking to give her away, now she is commercially viable after her weanling by Spirit of Boom selling for $150,000 and her first starter Boomtown Lass showing enough on debut to suggest she has a future.

Boomalicious Weanling: Bought $150,000 at June Weanling sale

With the need to upgrade we ventured firstly off to the Inglis Broodmare sale in Sydney with the view of getting 2-3 mares for him. Unfortunately we were all on the same mares and we failed to land a mare out at this sale for him.

We however purchased 2 mares in foal to Choisir and Extreme Choice. We will look to get the Choisir foal out of Come Fly With Me and then put her in foal to Outreach before looking to trade whilst we will foal down the other mare, Frilly Curtain who was trained by Tony Gollan.

Frilly Curtain will then head to the Darley stallion Astern who was an outstanding winner of the Stallion making Group 1 Golden Rose. After coming away with no mares for Spirit of Boom another month of studying the 1500 long Magic Millions Broodmare catalogue begun.

We hit the sale with excitement but again the mares on the top of our list proved too hard to buy. In the end however we ended up with 2 mares who fall into different ends of the spectrums.

Pheonix Park was a mare who you were buying for as much as the Pierro in her belly as you were investing in her. That being said she was a 4 time Melbourne City Winner whose half sister She's A Thief ran 2nd in the Group 2 Matamata Breeders Plate, 3rd in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes and 4th in the Karaka Millions all this year.

She is a very promising type and you could see her upgrading the pedigree in the near future. We have every chance of retrieving our initial outlay on the Pierro foal with this purchase.

Our other purchase for Spirit of Boom was from the family of superstar colt Criterion who won 4 Group 1's and was placed in 6 others. With this mare you are buying into a family, Varenna Miss the 2nd dam was a top class sprinter and whilst she is to yet produce an out and out star herself it is only a matter of time before herself or one of her daughters breeds a star.

When you study pedigrees a lot a common factor is that it is often the progeny of a star who produces in the breeding rather than the far more talented mother. Whether that is because they have had to endure high pressure races through their careers or another factor is up for debate but it occurs far too often to say it is a myth.

Finally it was off to the Great Southern Sale to try and purchase our final mare for our star Stallion. Again it wasn't easy with the top line mares selling well but after missing on the I Am Invincible mare the day prior we secured a mare who has a pedigree behind her as well as the added bonus of being in foal to Written Tycoon.

That mare Darook Park is from the same family as recent Chairmans Sale best seller Gypsy Diamond who sold for $1.35million in foal to I Am Invincible. Her half sister Gypsy Tucker sold at the same sale for $800,000.

It does go against our principles somewhat in terms of wanting mares who were good race track performers but there is also a commercial view that needs to be taken. The amount of potential pedigree updates in the 2nd dam in particular through the best stallions in Australia gives us every chance for the pedigree to continue to evolve which keeps this mare very commercial.

Frilly Curtain (In foal to Extreme Choice): Newgate Farm
Come Fly With Me (In Foal to Choisir): Aquis Farm
Pheonix Park (In foal to Pierro): Vinery Stud
Mica Be The One (In foal to Flying Artie) : Newgate Farm
Darook Park ( In foal to Written Tycoon) : Woodside Park


Our racehorse season is now starting to gather momentum. After back to back seconds last weekend with El Campeador and first starter Boomtown Lass who was a moral beaten we go into the next couple of weeks with optimism.

Firstly it will be Boomtown Lass running in our colours on Friday at Ipswich. She goes there with a great chance and with her being the first horse we have bred the hope she becomes our first foal to breed to win a race. For those who missed her debut she was a certainty beaten and with any luck would have won that race.

Boomtown Lass : Desperately unlucky on debut

She steps into what shapes as a harder race on Friday but nonetheless she goes there with a live chance. The focus will then switch to Central Queensland and The Rockhampton Cup where El Campeador will look to go one better than his last start second.

This horse has serious talent but he is hard to find as he has a racing pattern which means he needs most things to go his way to be testing the judge. He is listed class on his day and if he gets the right run he too will be right in the finish.

Another to keep an eye out on is Casual Witness who trialed very well this morning at Doomben with Jim Byrne on board. She was only days off making her debut before christmas when she pulled up lame from her last piece of track work. It ended up being a clean chip and after minor surgery and having bulked up it seems she has come back better with having had time to grow and strengthen.

Caped Crusader : Casual Witness trials impressively

This filly will look to get to the races over the next 10-21 days and whatever she contests maps as being competitive. Our star filly Snicki Minaj is now back in pre-training with the girls at Embrook Stables and she too will follow a similar path to Casual Witness after her brave run in the Inglis Classic.

You can never get ahead of yourself in this game as it can and will bite you on the arse but this girl has a flawless racing pattern and if she returns as good as last preparation we are in for some good times.

We also have The Great Boombino back in work and we are convinced she is way better than what she showed in her races last preparation. Trials are a means to an end but her hitout against Sezar was way to impressive to be writing her off just yet. You will see a different horse this campaign and we can definitely see her saluting at big odds.


What a great success the Open Day was this year. With the set out different to last year the environment was a relaxed vibrant one. With the attendance throughout the morning hitting over 175 people through the gates everything went to plan and I am sure an enjoyable morning was had by all.

Both the yearlings paraded by us met with good uptake and rightly so as they have very good qualities in their own right. The More Than Ready subsequently is fully subscribed although Tony still has 10% left in the filly for outright purchase. Contact Adele via email for more details.

Our Al Maher colt is a supreme mover and he is all but fully subscribed as this email is typed with PA's in circulation. Once he hits the trials this colt will sell if he hasn't beforehand. A big thanks to everyone associated in organising the day as well as to those who chipped in on the day.

A massive success, champagne flowed and friendships born.


When the masses voted to attend the Beaudesert Cup as our finale it was a little left field. Just getting people from as far as Townsville and Sydney to Beaudesert could have been an obstacle. In the end it proved anything but and 50 of us ventured out to Beaudesert for their biggest day of the year.

It proved to be a day which catered for everyone. For the members who were keen to get on the punt there was a very vibrant betting ring whilst the food buffs amongst us were treated to sublime steak accompanied by a smorgasboard of fresh fruit, vegetables and breads.

For the music minded, live music pumped out within earshot for most of the day and for those who just wanted to people watch you could do so from well decorated tables under the cover of the Bushman's Pavillion. It was a fitting culmination for the Social Club season.

The Inaugural Graeme Burnell Perpetual Trophy could not have went to a better bloke than Tony Lyons. The legacy of Graeme now lives on through Boom Racing Thoroughbreds with this award and the day was captured best when Jenny Burnell was holding the trophy to present to Graeme.

True to the man's character there was no way he was not going to be there for Jenny on an emotional occasion. His presence was there as a stream of sunlight burst through the clouds from above to shine on Jenny. A truly amazing picture.

The Power Of Graeme!!!

The bus ride home was like all others after a day on the drink, plenty of piss stops and people (Doug Cook) whining about the music. In the end though we arrived home safely and kicked on into the night, well long into the night actually as we enjoyed each others company into the early hours.

The resultant hangover on Sunday was a small price to pay as the chest puffed out in the realization this social club is something we should all be proud of.

Graeme Burnell Award


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