First Winner for Spirit Of Boom

Mark Smith - Sunday November 5

The Tony Gollan-trained Ef Troop kick-started his career with a fighting win over 1050 metres at Doomben on Saturday to credit his sire Spirit Of Boom with his first winner.

The Eureka Stud stallion claimed the honour of becoming the first of the first crop sires to sire a winner. It ended a frustrating sequence of placings for Spirit Of Boom whose first four starters, Beastmode, Brinkmanship, Lady McCabe and Spirit's First all finished second on debut.

Ef Troop started favourite on the back of his slashing eight and a half-length win in a trial at Doomben on Tuesday and Gollan was concerned that the gelding had over-extended himself only committing to a start on the morning of the race.

One of the best to begin Ef Troop was made to work by Catastrophic and once he had beaten that colt off he had to repel the challenge of the Your Song gelding Only Want To Sing. He did that with a neck to spare with one and a quarter length back to Catastrophic in third.

"I wasn't so bullish at the 600m when Catastrophic was going with him but to his credit Ef Troop kept going," Gollan told AAP.

"It was a great run from a horse having his first start. He is a Magic Millions horse so he can have 10 days in the paddock and then we will start looking at the ($2 million) Magic Millions Classic."

Gollan said he was honoured to train the first winner for Spirit Of Boom who he trained to win the Group 1 Doomben 10,000.

"He has had a couple of seconds earlier this season so it's great to be the first to train a winner by him. He is going to make a top sire," Gollan added.

Purchased by Gollan Racing/John Foote Bloodstock for $70,000 from the Eureka Stud draft at session 2 of the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Ef Troop (pictured as a yearling) is the third foal of the winning Exceed And Excel mare Limealicious who was purchased for $46,000 at the 2009 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.

A half-sister to the stakes-placed Sanosuke (Haradasun), Limealicious is a granddaughter of the top-class American mare Topicount a Grade II winner and Grade I placed daughter of Private Account.

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