Spirit of Boom vs Epaulette
Tara Madgwick - Monday April 22
On Monday we looked at the statistics of rising star second season sires Zoustar and Dundeel, but they aren't the only stallions in this division doing a great job with Eureka Stud's Spirit of Boom also doing some amazing things, while Darley's Epaulette has also shown his hand as a serious sire in the making.

The current Australian Second Crop Sires table looks like this.



A son of former Queensland favourite Sequalo, Spirit of Boom was a revelation last season with his amazing 18 first crop Australian winners, five of which were stakes-winners! For a stallion coming off an $11,000 fee it was heady stuff and sparked a sharp service fee increase last year with Eureka Stud bumping him up to $55,000. The fee increase was obviously considered well justified by the market as he covered 217 mares last spring, his biggest ever book.

Below are Spirit of Boom's overall statistics – courtesy Arion




He runs at 43.8% winners to runners and 7.1% stakes-winners to runners with his best horses the Group III winners Boomsara and the Kiwi based Spirit of Aubeer. His total of eight stakes-winners is one more than both Zoustar and Dundeel. When you consider the quality of mares he has covered in his first two books that have produced these results you can see why many astute judges see this stallion as a potential I Am Invincible of the future.


Below are Epaulette's overall statistics – courtesy Arion



By Danehill's sometimes under-rated sire Commands, Epaulette's figures here take in his Northern Hemisphere runners, however for his winner to runner and stakes-winner to runner strike rates, we will look only at his Southern Hemisphere foaled progeny as his six stakes-winners are all Southern Hemisphere bred. Epaulette has 45.6% winners to runners and 6.5% stakes-winners to runners with his best horse the South African trained triple Group I winning colt Soqrat.

Priced at $27,500 this year, Epaulette might be the value pick out of the leading second crop sires when you compare his statistics and service fee with his peers at the top end of this group.


More Reading...
First Season Favourites –Trapeze Artist
The recent Inglis Chairman’s Sale for elite broodmares provided an enticing sample of what’s to come in terms of quality mares in foal to last season’s vintage offering of first crop sires headed by the big three – Trapeze Artist, Justify and The Autumn Sun.
Saturday Winner Esperance Entered for Inglis Digital
Bulletproof 3YO colt Dawn Passage (Dawn Approach) firmed into a $5 TAB outright favourite for next Saturday’s G1 Stradbroke Hcp following a determined win in today’s G3 Fred Best Classic at Doomben.
Exciting Vancouver 2YO Goes Two for Two
Leading West Australian owner breeder Bob Peters has a big opinion of his Vancouver gelding Dunbar, who made it two wins in as many starts when saluting at Belmont on Saturday.
Stakes Double for Hermitage Thoroughbreds - More Success for Wu Gok
Hermitage Thoroughbreds owned Sebring gelding Wu Gok started the season with a pair of Black type wins last spring and is still going strong after taking out the Listed ATC Lord Mayor’s Cup (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Sire Profitability at Magic Millions 2020
Magic Millions 2020 has been well covered but we always find it interesting to take a look at the sires that returned the most profit for their supporters in terms of multiple of fee and straight profit.
OnTrack Success with Tavisan
Handy sprinter Tavisan recorded the fifth win of his career when successful in the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday under a controlled Ben Melham ride.