Mr Boomsday Posts First win for RTR and his owners
RSS Feeds Friday, 27 June 2014

On Wednesday (25 June) at Canterbury, two year old gelding Mr Boomsday became the first horse to carry the Round Table Racing colours to victory when saluting over 1250m on debut.

A first win is always very special as it is never forgotten and always cherished. 

A son of Domesday, Mr Boomsday was secured by Round Table Racing and James Harron Bloodstock at the 2013 New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale in November of last year. It was the very first sale I had attended in my Director of Round Table Racing capacity, but it was business as usual for James and I as we had worked closely many times before in our association with Gai Waterhouse.

Our brief was to find a talent that we thought Gai could nurture to compete at the highest level over middle distances (1600m - 2400m), preferably with enough maturity to race in their Classic year (three years old). The benefit of a ready to run sale is the breeze-up aspect of the sale. Being able to watch a young horse gallop over 200m gives a good insight into their action at full stretch, their length of stride, level of education, and mental and physical maturity. In a nutshell this type of sale allows you to make a more informed purchase.

The 2013 catalogue of 437 lots was whittled down to 100 horses before we even set foot in New Zealand. This first part of the culling process was done purely on analysing the actions of each horse in their breeze-up.


After physically inspecting each horse at Karaka, the list was ruthlessly cut down to just seven horses, James and I putting an aggressive line through anything that did not meet our criteria as an athlete. We set the bar high because racing in Sydney is ultra competitive. On second inspections we brought the list into five horses we had vetted for Round Table Racing. Five potential stakes class animals in our opinion. Two of these did not meet our vetting requirements, we want to reduce the risk for our clients as much as possible, and thus we were left with three horses we would be happy to see represent Round Table Racing in the black and yellow colours.

Now timing and budget becomes important. We cannot purchase them all, in fact we only came to buy one horse, so we value each horse and 'follow them through'.

Just the one horse is sold on the first day of the two day sale. A colt by Bachelor Duke we value at $80-120,000 quickly sails past that and makes $150,000 to bloodstock agent Joe Barnes. We could have pushed a little harder on this nice horse but in the back of our minds, James and I were waiting for a couple of big show-downs on day two of the sale, a colt and a gelding sold in the last 100 lots of the sale that we simply did not want to leave without.

Lot 319 was an O'Reilly colt that had everything; physique, a lovely action and a pedigree page. We had to be strong to secure him at $340,000, the second highest price of the sale, but as I said, he had everything and has developed as hoped since his day of purchase. Named Caped Crusader, this two year old's half sister Floria is now a Group 2 Brisbane Cup winner and his future looks similarly bright.

One and a half hours later through the sale ring came an x-factor horse, Lot 365. A horse who had galloped like a gazelle in his breeze-up, and walked like a panther in his parades for us on ground at Karaka. By Australian speed sire Domesday, and out of Group 1 producing mare Cashcade, this gelding just had something about him. Something rare, like extra or ultra athleticism. He was still immature though, his 7 November foaling date showing in his physical appearance, but nothing time wouldn't fix. $240,000 later he was on his way to Sydney and he can now lay claim to be the first horse to don the RTR colours in victory. He was of course named Mr Boomsday by his new owners.

A huge thanks to them for supporting RTR from the word go. I will never forget that and I am just so pleased that Mr Boomsday has been able to repay their faith so soon. Well done Greg and Lisa Perry, Barry and Anne Pang, the Henderson family, Fred and Elizabeth Crews, the Bruhn family, Merwan Salameh, John and Romy Kazzi, Shane Holland, Ian and Cathy Patrick, Jim and Kerrie Wilson, Robert Teoh, Allen and Simon Ng.

The gelding will now spell and return for a Spring preparation. Remember what he was purchased for - the three year old Classics.

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