With strong connections now across the Pacific, Craig travelled continuously between Australia and the US, and was able to build a strong international clientele. It was with this international client-base that Boomer Bloodstock earned its first graded stakes victory – Dhaamer in the 2012 Gr.3 Sunset Handicap. Craig had selected Dhaamer at the 2011 Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale, paying 30,000 guineas, but the horse was just one of two highlights for Boomer Bloodstock. From the same sale, Craig paid 130,000 guineas for a horse called Obviously, and it was this son of Choisir that put Boomer Bloodstock into Gr.1 company.
Trained by Craig’s father-in-law, Obviously took out the 2013 Shoemaker Mile, giving Craig his first taste of victory at the highest level. Shortly after, trainer Mike Mitchell retired with health concerns and his former assistant Philip D’Amato took over and, Obviously went on to win two more Gr.1 races, including the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita.
Two weeks later Scales of Justice, who Craig bought as a yearling for $180,000, brought up his first Gr.1 victory in Australia winning the Gr.1 Railway Stakes for trainer Lindsey Smith.
It was a ‘boom’ beginning for Boomer Bloodstock and has continued a steady rise with over 100 winners recorded in the 2019/20 season from yearling purchases.