Boom Time Caulfield Cup Win Earns Automatic Japan Cup Slot
Until The Everest made its debut in October of 2017 and with the possible exception of the Melbourne Cup, thoroughbred connections in search of the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow had to look to races outside of Australia for the sort of prizemoney that could justify the expense and logistics of taking a horse overseas.
The Japan Cup is one of those races and the 2017 running is just days away.
Only one Australian racer has ever won, that being Better Loosen Up in 1990. The trainer was David Hayes on that occasion and he holds an automatic invitation for this year’s race courtesy of boom Time’s Caulfield Cup victory.
Hayes does not fancy Boom Time’s prospects in the race, which carries prizemoney in excess of $A7.39 million, but Hayes expressed that he could not pass up the invitation to experience another Japan Cup.
The race is 2400 m in length, identical to the Caulfield Cup and is run left-handed on turf, so provided Boom Time can make the trip without too much difficulty, the six-year-old should feel right at home.
Hayes told the Herald Sun, “I told them that provided the horse pulled up sound out of the Melbourne Cup he would go. He had no excuses out of the Melbourne Cup (finishing 15th), except he didn’t stay the two-mile.If you are prepared to forgive that, and I’m not kidding myself, I don’t in my life expect him to win, but I think he’ll run well and he makes money by going there.”
Well over half of Boom Time’s earnings came from winning the Caulfield Cup and a prestigious Group 1 race, such as the Japan Cup, will draw a strong field, it is not inconceivable to speculate that Hayes may want to expose Boom Time to some stud opportunities.
A unique aspect of the Japan Cup is that in some instances, southern hemisphere bred horses, the younger ones at any rate, are given a weight advantage over northern hemisphere bred gallopers.