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Australian Racing Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes has enjoyed the most incredible Caulfield Cup 2017 result winning the world’s richest mile-and-a-half handicap with 50/1 shot Boom Time who he also owns.
Training in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, Hayes celebrated his third Caulfield Cup success with Boom Time joining his previous winners Fraar (1993) and Tawqeet (2006).
The stable saddled-up four of the 17 starters in the Group 1 $3.15 million BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m), but the punters and bookmakers had forgotten six-year-old Flying Spur stallion Boom Time.
The horse backed up off a fourth to Lord Fandango in last Saturday’s Group 2 Ladbrokes Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) and franked that form with his late win over the Nick Olive-trained mare Single Gaze ($31) and beaten race favourite Johannes Vermeer ($5) who rounded out the trifecta in third.
Hayes, who is the sole owner of the roughest Caulfield Cup winner since Taufan’s Melody (66/1 in 1998), said a late decision was made to run Boom Time in the classic as the Herbert Power run reminded him of Fraar.
“I thought his run [last weekend] reminded me a lot of Fraar, so we decided to run him,” Hayes said post-win.
Fraar was Hayes’ first Caulfield Cup winner improving on a lead-up eighth in the Herbert Power to also score an upset result at 30/1 odds.
“To do it with my family is just fantastic,” Hayes said.
“And to be the only owner, I don’t own many horses, it’s just fantastic.
“This horse had nowhere to go, I loved the horse so I took him and I thought he’d pay his way and he’s done a lot more than that today.
“I thought he’s a genuine Group 3 horse but he’s a Group 1 [winner] now, I just can’t believe it.
Further franking the Herbert Power Stakes form from last weekend was the run by the Archie Alexander-trained winner Lord Fandango ($21) who completed the Caulfield Cup First Four in a brave run carrying the 50kg lightweight.
Adding to the fairy tale Caulfield Cup result, winning hoop Cory Parish was able to reward Hayes who kept the faith in the former Kiwi giving the youngster his maiden Caulfield Cup ride.
Parish rode Boom Time for the Herbert Power fourth and was blown away to be able to get the Group 1 success seven days later.
“I couldn’t ask for any more,” an emotional Parish said.
“He [Hayes] had the faith to put me on today and I thought I just want to repay him and I’ve done that.
“This horse went super last start…I thought if we could relax today we could do it and he did just that.
“Just an amazing thrill, my first Group 1 and for it to be the Caulfield Cup, you beauty!
Boom Time was drawn and weighted to win the 2017 Caulfield Cup from barrier three, the first winner to do so from that gate since the mare Southern Speed (2011), carrying just 52kg.
The horse showed early speed from the gate, while the Darren Weir-trained Amelie’s Star pushed up on the outside and was the surprise leader from eventual runner-up Single Gaze who ran the race of her life on the back of a fourth in last weekend’s Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (1400m).
The expected pacemaker Sir Isaac Newton was caught deep and jockey Kathy O’Hara forced the horse to work overtime, crossing to the rails to lead.
O’Hara gave her mount a really tough run, pushing him to a tearaway position in front by 12 lengths at the 1000m setting a frantic pace, before he was quickly swamped as the field caught up by the 600m.
On the straight, Single Gaze took the lead with 250m to go, Humidor chasing and Boom Time coming between horses with late run.
Up on the inside, Parish and Boom Time closed hard and the winner held one and a quarter lengths on the runner-up, while the well-supported Aidan O’Brien-trained Irish raider Johannes Vermeer was just a nose further back for third.
2017 Caulfield Cup Results & Finishing Order
Caulfield Race 8 – 21/10/2017
|1||13||BOOM TIME||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Cory Parish||–||3||52kg||$51|
|2||10||SINGLE GAZE||Nick Olive||Ms Kathy O’Hara||1.25L||12||53kg||$31|
|3||3||JOHANNES VERMEER (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ben Melham||1.45L||2||54.5kg||$5F|
|4||17||LORD FANDANGO (GER)||Archie Alexander||Ben Allen (a)||1.85L||9||50kg||$21|
|5||1||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Darren Weir||Damian Lane||2.6L||7||56kg||$6.50|
|6||2||MARMELO (GB)||Hughie Morrison||Hugh Bowman||2.7L||10||55kg||$16|
|6||14||ABBEY MARIE||Michael Kent||Beau Mertens (a)||2.7L||5||51.5kg||$31|
|8||15||HARLEM (GB)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Chad Schofield||3.45L||1||51.5kg||$9|
|9||4||JON SNOW (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Stephen Baster||4.7L||6||54.5kg||$13|
|10||12||HARDHAM||David Brideoake||Craig Newitt||5.2L||8||52.5kg||$81|
|11||16||AMELIE’S STAR||Darren Weir||Craig Williams||5.3L||13||51kg||$9.50|
|12||8||WICKLOW BRAVE (GB)||William Mullins||Joao Moreira||5.4L||16||54kg||$71|
|13||7||VENTURA STORM (IRE)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Damien Oliver||6.4L||4||54kg||$12|
|14||11||BONNEVAL (NZ)||Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman||Kerrin McEvoy||8.15L||14||52.5kg||$8|
|15||9||INFERENCE||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Dwayne Dunn||8.65L||11||53.5kg||$26|
|16||5||HE’S OUR ROKKII (NZ)||David & B Hayes & T Dabernig||Luke Nolen||15.65L||15||54kg||$101|
|17||6||SIR ISAAC NEWTON (GB)||Robert Hickmott||Ms Katelyn Mallyon||20.15L||17||54kg||$71|
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