Group 1 winner and crowd favourite Temple Of Boom has been retired from the race track and will begin a new career as an events horse.
Temple of Boom provided trainer Tony Gollan with his first Group 1 win when the gelding took out the 2012 $350,000 The James Boag Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick.
And along with his half brother Spirit Of Boom, he helped elevated Gollan to the top of the Brisbane training ranks.
Gollan decided to make the call on the nine year old’s career after he tried his hardest again when fourth to Husson Eagle in the $1m Magic Millions Sprint (1100m) at the Gold Coast last Saturday.
“He’s been an amazing horse for us,’’ Gollan told The Courier-Mail.
“I bought him as a yearling for $40,000. He was a great little fella with a nice big walk.”
“In 2012 he gave me my first Group 1 victory with the Galaxy at Randwick and that was James McDonald’s first Group 1 win in Sydney so it was a great partnership.’’
Gollan will hand Temple Of Boom over to the care of his wife Jane who is confident that he will develop into a top line events horse.
“Hopefully he will have a very active retirement,’’ Gollan said.
“He’s a great old horse with a lovely nature and I’d hate to see him just whiling away in a paddock.
“For now he’ll go up to the Eureka Stud at Cambooya on the Darling Downs but my wife has a couple of eventing horses out at Samford and he’ll eventually join them. He’ll go through some re-education and hopefully he’ll take to his new career as well as he did is last one.’’
Temple Of Boom is a winner of eleven of his sixty-four race starts and went within a whisker of claiming a Group 1 winning double during the 2014 Brisbane Winter Carnival.
Gollan trained the quinella in the in that year’s Group 1 $650,000 James Boag’s Premium Doomben 10000 (1350m) at Doomben when Spirit Of Boom nosed out Temple Of Boom in the closest of photo finishes.
Then two weeks later Temple Of Boom was beaten by the same narrow margin when second to River Lad in the Group 1 $1.36m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
Temple Of Boom was last in the winner’s circle when he caused an upset win at $41 with Tegan Harrison in the saddle when he beat Spirit Of Boom and the short priced favourite Snitzerland.
From his eleven wins, nine seconds and seven thirds, Temple Of Boom earned a smidge over $1.9 million dollars in prizemoney and bonuses.