A family’s racing legacy

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Three generations of the McAlpine family. Colin McAlpine, centre, is flanked by his son Scott and grandson Harry at Eureka Stud in September 2015. Photo by VIRGINA HARVEYICONIC Australian stud ownerColin McAlpine will be remembered as one of Queensland’s industry leaders who spent his life among Thoroughbreds on the family’s Eureka Stud, near Cambooya, following his passing at age 84 last month.
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When he was born, Colin’s father Andrew McAlpine was one of the most respected stud managers in Queensland, as a long-time servant for the Edward Ramsey family at their Banchory Stud, close to what was to become Eureka Stud.

The new property of Eureka Stud was established in the early 1940s by Andrew McAlpine, where he stood foundation sires including locals Phantom,by Peter Pan’s sire Pantheon, and St Constant, awinner of the VRC Cantala Stakes, by the imported Son-In-Law sire Constant Son.

In the 1950s, the stud traded under the ownership of A.S.McAlpine and Sons, and stood stallions including imports Urgay,by French Guineas winner Fiterari,and Gaekwar’s Pride,a good miler in England.

One of Urgay’s progeny, Urgona, won the Queensland Oaks and Queensland Cup, while Gaekwar’s Pride sired classic winner Martello Towers, a grey superstar who won the Canterbury and Rosehill Guineas, the AJC Derby and Hobartville Stakes in the spring in Sydney in 1959.

As a young man, Colin McAlpine took the reins of Eureka and quickly uplifted it to one of Queensland’s leading studs.

Sires standing in the 1960s included Young Brolga,a Wilkes’ AJC Sires Produce Stakes and Breeders Plate winner, and Messmate,a high-class English performer by Derby winner Blue Peter.

Colin McAlpine chose more than a dozen sires for Eureka last century.

These wereheaded by Semipalatinsk, a good Italian juvenile and US-bred son of champion US handicap horse Nodouble, a sire by Todman’s exported champion brother Noholme.

Passing in 2006, Semipalatinsk was used for 21 seasons at Eureka, which resulted in more than 800 foals whowon more than 1800 races. These included stakes winners Just Now, Memphis Blues, Eureka Jewel, Palatious, Alma Mater, and Dancing Cossack.

Bletchingly grandson Brave Warrior was another outstanding sire to stand at Eureka Stud.Tragically dying after only two seasons at stud, Brave Warrior still sired 87 winners from 110 foalsincluding wonderful racehorses Show A Heart, whowon four group 1 racesand was a prolific Queensland sire, andAnother Warrior.

This century the stud has continued to flourish via Colin and now his son Scott McAlpine and family.

Two celebrated horses they bredand part-owned are half-brothers Spirit Of Boom, whowon $2.4 million,and Temple Of Boom, who wasby Eureka shuttle sire Piccolo, and won $1.9 million.

By the Lyndhurst Stud Queensland Sequalo, Spirit Of Boom is standing his third stud season at Eureka, after serving 301 mares in his first two seasons.

Spirit Of Boom stands at Eureka alongside Red Ransom stallion Red Dazzler.

A multiple group 2 Melbourne winner, Red Dazzler has been a prolific sire of winners and includes Queensland Oaks-G1 winner Tinto, and ATC Villiers Stakes-G2 winner Rudy.

Relief package availableA RELIEF package of up to $500,000 for trainers and owners in the Southern Districts (the SDRA) and the Central West (the CDWRA) regions has been announced by Racing NSW following the prolonged stretch of wet weather and storm damage which occurred from September.

“The funding relief is a response to the uncharacteristically high rate of abandoned race meetings in the Southern and Western regions,” Racing NSWchief executivePeter V’landys said.

It was estimated that approximately 400 individual horses trained in either the SDRA or CDWRA regions missed having a start at one of the 13 cancelled meetings from September to the middle of last month.Horses also missed significant trackwork due to damage or closed tracks and training facilities hindering their preparation to race.

Racing NSW also announcedfunding available on application for any significant storm damage caused to a trainer’s property or supplies by the severe rain, wind and flooding.

Mosayter success at ArgyleMOSAYTER is best known as the sire of Mr Moet, but more winners are emerging from the stallion, who stands atLouise Ellis’ Argyle Thoroughbreds, Panuara, near Orange.

Mosaytion,a four-year-old Mosayter gelding, has won two races this season. Other winners include four-year-olds Missy Rhythmos, and Plushenko.

Standing at $6600, Mosayter is by Northern Dancer’s grandson and internationally recognised Storm Cat, and was produced from Bashayer, a Mr Prospector half-sister to five major stakes horses including two group 1 winners.

These were produced from Height Of Fashion, a Bustino group 2 winning mare who is a three-quarter-sister to Burghclere, granddam of Deep Impact, Japan’s Horse Of The Year and champion sire.

Interestingly, Australia has introduced its first Deep Impact sire son,the Japanese-bred Real Impact who is standing at Arrowfield Stud, Scone, standing at a fee of $19,250.Real Impact won group 1 races in Japan and in Australia, as well as finishing second in the time-honoured Doncaster Handicap-G1 at Randwick.

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