Another abandonment at Doomben on Saturday meant fans didn’t get to see Spirit of Boom 2-year-old Plumaro unleashed once again, a 10-length winner on debut at Toowoomba. Trained by Kevin Kemp, the filly is one out of a seemingly bottomless pit of talent currently being produced in Australia’s Sunshine State, along with the likes of Hopes Eternal, Ef Troop, The Real Boss and Rockhampton prospect Brook’s Pleasure.
The Spirit of Boom fairytale continued in January when the filly out of Plumage was slow to begin, in fact getting back to last before rounding them up to kick away by almost 10 lengths. It was an impressive watch for punters, so much so that Plumaro was backed into $1.60 in her next start. Upset unfolded on the day however, with Spirit of Boom’s 2-year-old set to win by even more over the 1200m trip, instead failing to catch Ben Currie’s Mishani Hustler.
Excitingly for the in-form Toowoomba trainer, his colt not only held off the fast finishing Plumaro, but did so in a time of 1:10.48, coming home in 35.40, bettering Plumaro’s last 600 on debut of 35.95 over 1100m. Mishani Hustler is a 2-year-old by Exceedingly Good out of Mishani Sinner, seen on debut without any public trials. In positive signs for both juveniles however, the potential of the fast finishing Plumaro looks all but reached especially over perhaps 1350m, with Mishani Hustler already able to claim bragging rights over the future star. Plumaro will be next seen again in the QTIS 2-Year-Old Handicap over 1200m at Doomben on Saturday the 3rd of March.
Another massive winner at the Toowoomba track on debut, 3-year-old Jet Spur colt The Real Boss will return to the track on Wednesday at Ipswich after leading all the way to score a 6-length win on debut. Trained by Tony Sears, the Real Boss was never in doubt, meandering to victory in a time of 0:59.42, completing the last 600 in 34.72 to put them to bed. Sears’ colt will have just 800m to strut his stuff this weekend, with admirers hoping to see just how fast he can go.
Joining the party that Plumaro and The Real Boss have had at Toowoomba, half brother to the latter and another Jet Spur Hopes Eternal also blew them away on debut at the Toowoomba track, coming from 9th to win by almost 5 lengths, his time of 0:59.87 similar to his half The Real Boss. John Zielke trained Hopes Eternal again impressed in his next start, winning comfortably over 1050m at Doomben before running into superstar Ef Troop. Making his mark at a high level however, Hopes Eternal has justified the hype and found himself runner up in the Group 3 B.J. McLaughlin Stakes, coming with a big run that will undoubtedly be seen again in the near future.
Rockhampton has been put back on the map after the last performance of Hinchinbrook filly Brook’s Pleasure, the Jamie McConachy trained galloper recording a 7.25 length win on debut. The 2-year-old out of Starting Pleasure won 2 trials by a combined margin of 7 lengths before smashing the clock in her first start, running the 1100 in 1:03.39 and a 34.07 for the last 600. Connections will be eager to see the filly at her best in the future, with the time not overly fast away from Rockhampton’s best ever Our Boy Malachi, who ran a 1:03.00 at best on the exact same track and distance.
Without question, the success story of the year is the very talented Ef Troop, the gelding who put the Spirit of Boom name up in lights. Tony Gollan’s gelding has won 2 trials by an aggregate of 28.5 lengths, winning his first 2 starts before just missing the minors in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast. Already amassing $218,700 in prize money, Ef Troop is a current $26 shot for the Group 1 Golden Slipper where Queensland’s best 2-year-old will be hoping to emulate the success of Houtzen, who won a group 3, placed in a group 2 and got a start in Australia’s richest race, the Everest.