Caulfield Cup 2017 Boost for Boom Time and Parish

Boom Time won the 2017 Group 1 Caulfield Cup rather convincingly, despite being the least favoured of the three horses fielded by the Hayes – Dabernig training triumvirate.

The six-year-old bay by Flying Spur from Bit Of A Ride has had a productive career in terms of prizemoney, now at least, as winning the Caulfield Cup accounts for well over half the total to date.

He had seven wins and nine placings out of 32 starts, so it was not surprising that he jumped from the third barrier with a $51 starting price. He had never won above Listed quality, so as best we can tell, the muted expectations allowed him to slip ahead unnoticed by the favourites. It also seems as though Winx has never beaten him.

Jockey Corey Parish also got the first Group 1 win of his over 2000-start career. That statistic is not as negative as it might seem, given that he has only been given nine starts at top level.

Single Gaze ($31) came in second, 1.25 lengths behind the winner. Pre-race favourite Johannes Vermeer ($5) was the third place getter.

Racing Victoria stewards did permit Bonneval ($8) to run, but she and Kerrin McEvoy might as well have stayed home, as the pair was 8.5 lengths off the pace, finishing 14th out of 17.

Hugh Bowman switched from riding Winx to Marmelo ($16) for the Caulfield Cup. He added a new wrinkle to his recent repertoire of missing jumps and dropping his stick by showing up at the post half a kilogram heavier than what he had declared prior. That half kilo wound up costing him $1000 in fines, so we can only hope that it was some fine caviar and champagne that tipped the scale against him, or something equally worthwhile.

The win by Boom Time shortened him from $101 to $26 for the Melbourne Cup.

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