Five Things We Learned from the Caulfield Cup

Tara Madgwick - Tuesday October 24
And what were they?.

1/ Aussie bred stayers have won four of the last five Caulfield Cups. Boom Time joins a flurry of recent winners in Jameka (Myboycharlie(IRE), Mongolian Khan (Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) and Fawkner (Reset).

Go home imports, turns out we can breed stayers after all.

2/ Cory Parish?
Until this jockey was interviewed after the race, I'd never even heard of him. I was sitting here thinking, I spend too much time on my off the track show jumpers and not enough time watching racing, but then I realise nobody else has heard of him either! (image courtesy MRC Twitter)

It's been well documented that this unheralded Kiwi was rewarded for being such a good trackwork rider with a ride in the Caulfield Cup on the Hayes/ Dabernig stable's unfancied fourth stringer…. some reward!

3/ Owner / trainer. David Hayes trained the winner in partnership with his son Ben and cousin Tom Dabernig and has trained two previous winners in his own right in Fraar (1993), another roughie at $31 and Tawqueet (2006) at $17.

This one he owned, so even though it started at $51 am tipping it's his favourite!

4/ Bred for speed . There's no getting away from the fact Boom Time is a breeding anomaly. Sired by a Golden Slipper winner in Flying Spur (pictured, Bronwen Healy) from a daughter of renowned speed sire Snippets. His family is arguably the best in the studbook featuring Black Caviar, All Too Hard and Group I winning sire Magnus, who is a very close relation.

The pedigree might say speed, but what we see is a stayer.

5/ Sire prospect? As a six year-old stallion, Boom Time will one day be looking for a home at stud, but where do you place a Caulfield Cup winner that's bred like a sprinter?

Am tipping it's not the Hunter Valley.

Race images Grant Courtney.

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