Annual Awards

The following awards are presented each year by the TBQA - Champion First Season Stallion, Stallion of the Year, Champion 2yo Stallion, Champion Broodmare

2019 Champion First Season Stallion - Better Than Ready                   better-than-ready

Top Performer – The Odyssey (Br.c 2016 – Jessica’s Hope) 7 starts 4 (1) – 1 – 1 A$557,550

Off the back of a stellar 2018 season for Queensland’s Spirit Of Boom, unbelievably, along comes Lyndhurst Stud’s Better Than Ready who eclipses the deeds of last season’s champ.

From 43 starters, Better Than Ready sired 23 individual winners (second highest first season sire for winners in history behind the legendary Without Fear), 12 placed with three Stakes winners for a total of $2,045,170 in prizemoney. Not only is Better Than Ready Queensland’s Champion First Season Sire, he has taken the gong for Australia’s Champion First Season Sire by winners (23).

Better Than Ready’s top three for the 2018/19 season include The Odyssey, Better Reflection and Jagged Edge.

Better Than Ready, by Australia’s twice-champion Two-Year-Old sire, More Than Ready, has passed on his brilliant racetrack ability to his progeny. Better Than Ready started sixteen times for eight wins with one of those victory’s being the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes at Randwick, smashing Northern Meteor’s 1200 metre track record, running a blistering 1.08.19 for the journey.

Congratulations to Queensland’s time-honoured Lyndhurst Stud at Warwick on the Darling Downs and Richard Forster at Yarramalong Park for this great achievement.


2019 Qld Stallion of the Year - Spirit of Boom

 Top Performer – Boomsara (Br.g 2015 – Passara) 6 starts 2 (2) – 0 – 1 A$1,340,100 spiritofboom1

Spirit of Boom is no stranger to the highest of accolades. This champion racehorse moved to the breeding barn only to not only be crowned Queensland’s Champion First Season Stallion and Champion Two-Year- Old Stallion last season but also Australia’s Champion First Season Sire by winners. Now, with only two crops of racing age, Spirit Of Boom has added another trophy to the mantle-piece by claiming Queensland’s 2019 Stallion of the Year.

In the 2018/19 season, Spirit Of Boom had 129 runners for 62 winners including 5 Stakes winners banking $5,756,050 in prize-money.

Spirit of Boom’s top runners include Outback Barbie, Champagne Boom and of course, Boomsara who added the 2019 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas to his CV on the back of being the inaugural winner of the $500,000 The Jewel in 2018, another great advertisement to buy QTIS bred horses.

Congratulations to the McAlpine family and all the team at Eureka Stud on the Darling Downs.


2019 Champion 2YO Stallion - Better Than Ready

Top performer - The Odyssey (Br.c 2016 – Jessica’s Hope) 7 starts 4 (1) – 1 – 1 A$557,550

Not only is he Queensland’s Champion First Season Sire, but Better Than Ready has taken the title of better-than-readyChampion Two Year Old Stallion after recording 23 individual winners from just 43 starters, 12 placegetters including three Stakes winners for over $2 million dollars in prizemoney. 

Better Than Ready is now the second highest sire of winners to runners in Australian Racing history, falling just short of the mighty Without Fear.

His top runners this season were The Odyssey, Better Reflection and Jagged Edge.

Better Than Ready sired two of the top three placegetters in the 2019 $500,000 ‘Jewel’ with The Odyssey (Br.c Better Than Ready x Jessica’s Hope) romping home to win and Ready To Roam (Br.g Better Than Ready x Pilgrim) claiming third prize.

Better Than Ready himself was a top-class thoroughbred racing 16 times for 8 wins, 1 second and two thirds for prizemoney of A$484,875. He was a three-time Listed winner and Group 1 placed in the BTC Cup behind Your Song.

Better Than Ready will stand at Warwick’s Lyndhurst Stud for $33,000 including gst this season.   


2019 Champion Broodmare - She's Meaner (dam of Lean Mean Machine)

Lean Mean Machine (2015 c by Zoustar) 6 starts in 2018/19 for  1(1)- 0 -1(1)  A$235,350


She’s Meaner was a smart race mare starting 13 times for three wins and one second for $467,500 in prizemoney. Her best performances included winning the Listed BTC Tommy Smith Slipper and lean-mean-machine-hiresrunning second in the GCTC Magic Millions 2yo Classic.

She’s Meaner is by Glenlogan Park’s Group 1 winning stallion Falvelon from the Group 1 winning New Zealand bred mare She’s A Meanie. She is the dam of three named foals, two to race, both winners, one being the dual Group 2 winner Lean Mean Machine.

In the 2018/19 season, Lean Mean Machine started 7 times for trainer Chris Waller recording 1 win and 1 third for prize-money totalling A$235,350

His feature win was in the Group 2 ATC Run To The Rose Handicap over 1200 metres where he met and defeated a quality field of Three-Year-Olds.

He also ran a close-up third in the 2018 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes behind brilliant filly Sunlight at Flemington over the spring carnival.

Lean Mean Machine had already proved himself at Stakes level by winning the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes in May 2018 at the Brisbane Winter Carnival and has now been retired to stand his first season at stud in Victoria for Aquis.

For these top-class performances, the dam of Lean Mean Machine, the Glenlogan Park bred & raced She’s Meaner, is the 2018/19 Queensland Broodmare of The Year.