Brian Siemsen didn’t care which way the famous “Boom” quinella fell in the 2014 Doomben 10,000 as he had a major share in both horses but there will only be one horse he is cheering for eight years on as he looks to nab the first Group 1 victory under his successful bloodstock brand.
The epic race, which saw Spirit Of Boom, Temple Of Boom and Buffering fight out the finish gave Siemsen the racing bug, which he eventually turned into Black Soil Bloodstock – one of Queensland’s powerhouse forces.
Siemsen has his gun mare Isotope looking to replicate what Spirit Of Boom did for trainer Tony Gollan all those years ago in the race, as she continues her incredible return from a near-death colic attack.
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“I was the second-largest shareholder in Temple and the largest in Spirit so I didn’t mind which way it fell, Tony did because he had the largest in Temple,” Siemsen laughed.
“There was some good banter that night.
“A couple of weeks before the 10,000 we went one-two in the Victory Stakes with Temple Of Boom and Spirit Of Boom.
“I thought we were in for a pretty special carnival after that race. I didn’t even see him (Spirit Of Boom) flash home, I thought I was on Temple, so to run one-two was just crazy.
“We had a stallion at that stage, he had just been sold so I got hooked on the breeding side.”
Isotope is looking to land her first Group 1 on Saturday in the Doomben 10,000. Picture: Grant Peters-Trackside Photography
Now looking to go back to the scene of the crime with Isotope, Siemsen said his mare is finally in the right place after interrupted preparations.
“To be chasing a Group 1 again, now with Isotope, to think we’re only a few years into our business and we are racing for one, it’s crazy,” he said.
“Tony is really keen to give her the four chances (10,000, Kingsford-Smith Cup, Stradbroke Handicap and Tatts Tiara) this prep, I wasn’t even aware of the plan for the Tatts Tiara, but I like it.
“He is keen to give her a proper campaign because if you look at her last ones, they have been one run, two runs, so only been lightly raced.”
Black Soil Bloodstock recently celebrated their first Group-level winner, as part owners in Saturday’s Group 3 Ken Russell Memorial winner Nettuno.
The irony is not lost on Siemsen that victory in Saturday’s Doomben 10,000 would see Isotope likely worth more as a broodmare than what he sold Spirit Of Boom for as a stallion at the end of his career.
“I just can’t believe the equine prices right now,” he said.
Black Soil Bloodstock will be represented by Ashgrove ($14) in the Group 2 Rough Habit Plate and Palladas ($5) in the Benchmark 85 Handicap (1400m).
“The black and white has a big presence on the day, Palladas is going really well and he drew a gate because I had my finger up at the barrier gods on Wednesday (after Isotope and Ashgrove drew wide),” he laughed.