Boom Time, the least-fancied of three runners for Lindsay Park, has produced a boilover to win the $3 million Caulfield Cup.
Giving jockey Cory Parish his first Group One win, Boom Time took an inside run to beat Single Gaze and the Irish-trained, Australian-owned Johannes Vermeer.
Boom Time, who started at $51, is trained by David Hayes, his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig.
“I got to about the 50 (metre mark) and I knew I had it in the bag, he was travelling so well, and I just thought all my dreams were coming true,” Parish said.
“I just can’t believe it.”
Boom Time is owned by David Hayes and Ben Hayes said he was thrilled to have landed his first Caulfield Cup on a horse also raced in family interests.
“It was a great run, fantastic for Cory. He works really hard for us, it’s just so exciting for him and the family,” Ben said.
“I’m the third generation of the Hayes family to win a Caulfield Cup now, so it’s just super exciting. It’s just great.”
Boom Time firmed from $101 to $26 to win the Melbourne Cup.
The entire had 1-1/4 lengths in hand over Single Gaze ($31) with the favourite Johannes Vermeer ($5) finished a head away third.
Outside of the placegetters, Marmelo turned in an outstanding Melbourne Cup trial.
The English-trained stayer came from 14th on the turn to finish sixth – less than three lengths from the winner – and is now a $6.50 equal favourite to win theMelbourne Cup 2017.