The Caulfield Cup 2017 Results
The Caulfield Cup has recently been raced again, with an upset win by jockey Cory Parish on the horse Boom Time. The Caulfield Cup Group 1 is the richest turf handicap over 2400m in the world, and has a very global field of racers. This race first started in 1879 and is now one of the richest races of its kind in the world and extremely popular in Australia.
The horse that made the upset win, Boom Time is owned and trained by Australian Racing Hall of Fame trainer David Hayes. This is the third time Hayes has won the Caulfield Cup; he has won previously with Fraar in 1993 and Tawqeet in 2006. Although this win is David Hayes first win with a horse with family interests, as his son Ben Hayes is also deeply involved in the training of Boom Time. This 2017 Cup win makes it the third generation of Hayes to win a Caulfield Cup, something Ben Hayes is immensely proud of, and for those who enjoyed Caulfield Cup betting, it was also a boon if they’d backed the right horse!
The Race Breakdown
Boom Time was largely overlooked by punters and bookmakers, but managed to produce a boil over to win and get the $3 million Caulfield cup. This win gave jockey Cory Parish his first ever Group One win and making him near euphoric in his excitement. Boom Time was a complete unknown underdog, and jockey Parish was not expected to manage such a upset win.
Boom Time was a $41 hope, which beat the field favourites for a thrilling win. Single Gaze led the pack for the majority of the race, with Sir Isaac Newton and then Katelyn Mallyon took the lead before the field closed in. Chasing Sir Isaac Newton, Boom Time used an inside run in the straight to make up ground, and stealing the lead from Single Gaze right in the final 100m and thereafter winning by a length.
In second place was Nick Olive’s Second Gaze and in third was trainer Aidan O’Brien’s Johannes Vermeer. Johannes Vermeer from Ireland was the top pick prior to the race, and was a tipped to win by most punters. This after Vermeer clocked the third fastest 400m the week before at the Caulfield Stakes. Another top pick for the cup was Darren Weir’s Humidor from New Zealand, who also had horse Amelie’s Star in the race, and was also a contender but who came 11th.
Some Caulfield Cup Favourite Facts:
– The past 2 betting favourites for Caulfield won (Jameka in 2016 and Mongolian Khan in 2015)
– December Draw was the worst performing favourite, finishing 18th in 2011
– Only 10 favourites have won the cup since 1983
– 2002 to 2004 was the last time three favourites won in a row
The Caulfield Cup as usual has provided an amazing and exciting spectacle, with a totally unexpected shock win by Boom Time. Which proves that no matter how many tips you check, a surprise out of the blue win by a completely unknown and overlooked horse is always possible and just adds to the race day excitement.