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Jonker Wins Inaugural Max Lees Classic
Exciting youngster Jonker became the third winner for Eureka Stud sire Spirit Of Boom when scoring a brilliant debut win in the inaugural Max Lees Classic (900m) at Newcastle yesterday. Jonker, who gave a glimpse of his abundant talent when posting a scintillating 9 length barrier trial win two weeks ago, was purchased for $45,000 at this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and trainer David Atkins said the bay colt is likely to be aimed at the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast on 13 January. "He's run time and did a bit of work. The way he raced 1200 metres looks ideal for him," Atkins told Sky Racing. "He's got a good turn of foot and he'll go to the Magic Millions if he's good enough." Out of the Kempinsky mare Hearts And Arrows, a half-sister to Gr3 VRC The Debonair winner Fair Trade, Jonker is a direct descendent of legendary blue hen Eight Carat. This is one of the most outstanding families in the Australian Studbook and includes champion racehorse Octagonal, his freakishly talented brother Mouawad, Kaapstad, Diamond Lover, Marquise, Viscount, Tristalove, Shower Of Roses, Viking Ruler, Don Eduardo, Deep Field and Shooting To Win. Spirit Of Boom has now produced 3 winners from just 12 runners with his other successful progeny being EF Troop and Legal Ties. Dual Gr1 winner Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) is standing his fourth season at Eureka Stud at a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST).