Star galloper Boban won a fourth Group One when he won Saturday’s Doomben 10,000 capping a massive day for Magic Millions graduates.
The quality sprinter-miler returned to his brilliant best to lead home fellow Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate Charlie Boy in the feature – one of five stakes wins on the card for Magic Millions products.
Boban showed a blistering turn of foot in the straight to come from the tail of the field, between runners and on to victory in a driving finish over Charlie Boy and Generalife.
An emotional trainer Chris Waller said it was great to see the gelding back to his best declaring him a “serious horse.”
Boban was first up in the $750,000 feature and looked to be on track for the assignment with an eye catching trial win at Warwick Farm on May 11.
The win was the 10th for Boban from just 31 starts. With four Group One wins his earnings have raced to a lofty $2,140,163 – not bad considering he cost $100,000 at the 2011 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Bred by Tony Thomas of Greendale Lodge, Boban was sold through the Millbrook draft and purchased for connections by BBA Ireland. He is a son of A.P. Indy’s Preakness Stakes winning son Bernardini.
Another of Bernardini’s headline performers in the Southern Hemisphere, New Zealand champion Ruud Awakening, will go under the hammer on Wednesday at the National Broodmare Sale.
Boban is one of six winners produced by the former outstanding Kenmare mare Kenbelle – a winner of the Group One AJC Australian Oaks and Group Two Queen of the Turf Stakes. She in turn is a half sister to three stakes performers.