Home Track Treble - Win No.2 Boomer

Date: 8 Jun 2022

Home Track Treble - Win No.2 Boomer


From a mare that recorded all four wins on slow tracks, Boomer (3 g Iffraaj - Kate Cross, by Cape Cross) dashed home on wet ground to win the $12,000 Betavet Maiden 1400 metres on 8 June at Matamata.

Solid through the trials stage, which included winning his first trial as a two-year-old, Boomer spelled after debuting in January, was back and wide throughout when resuming in the Maiden 3YO 1200 metres on 13 May at Matamata, and put it all together in a fashion suggesting plenty more to come.

Ridden by Te Akau indentured leading apprentice Joe Kamaruddin, recording his 99thcareer win, Boomer got back from a wide gate (12), travelled boldly fourth last, before angling clear in the straight and racing away.

In a performance belying his $32.60 & $7.70 tote price, Boomer scored by two and a half lengths, running a very competitive 1:27.3 for 1400 metres on Heavy10 footing.

“He's just starting to mature more mentally and I think schooling over the big hurdles has really helped him,” said trainer Mark Walker.

“We put him over twelve sets of hurdles on Monday morning and by doing something different it has brought about a positive attitude adjustment.

“Joe (Kamaruddin) got him into a nice position from the barrier draw, so well done to Joe and congratulations to the owners on a very dominant win.”

Owned by the Te Akau Boom Boom Racing Partnership (Mgr: Karyn Fenton-Ellis MNZM), Boomer was purchased as a yearling by David Ellis CNZM for $200,000, from the draft of Windsor Park Stud, at the 2020 Karaka Book 1 Sale.

By high-quality proven International Group 1 producing stallion and sire of sires Iffraaj (Zafonic), from four-time winner Kate Cross (Cape Cross), he is a half-brother to multiple Group winner, including at Group 1 level, Consensus (Postponed) (11 wins), and Little Red Devil (Postponed) (10 wins).

Consensus was not only very talented but extremely durable, successful as a two-year-old and training on to win 11 races up to 2100 metres.

Interestingly, dam Kate Cross was initially trained by double Gold Medallist Mark Todd, who rode Charisma to gold in Los Angeles (1984) & Seoul (1988) Olympic Games.

At the time of purchasing Boomer, Ellis said: “He's a lovely chestnut colt and very similar to Gingernuts, another son of Iffraaj that we trained to win three Group 1 races.

“The mare has left terrific race mare Consensus, and he's a nice type of horse.

“It really was a much improved performance today and shows that he's now switched on to what's expected of him as a racehorse. I'm thrilled for the owners that he's shown what he can do.”

With the onset of winter, Ellis acknowledged that many Te Akau horses are spelling or preparing for spring racing, but said that morale in the camp was excellent.

“It's a frustrating time of the year for the team, with it being cold, wet and miserable in the mornings, but we've got such a good crew who are truly passionate about our horses and they just keep going.

“It so exciting for Mark (Walker), seeing what a terrific start he's had with 24 winners, including five stakes' wins, since he took over again on 1 April.”

Boomer provided the 140thwinner for Te Akau this season, including 38 stakes' wins, so it's yet another memorable season for the stable that set a new domestic record of 160 wins last year.

Boomer was strapped by Molly Whiteford.

Photo credit - www.raceimages.co.nz


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