2017 Caulfield Cup Review - How the Caulfield Cup was run and won, runner-by-runner breakdown, what the jockeys said

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  • What the Jockey's said
  • How the Caulfield Cup was run and won
Boom Time (Cory Parish) Wins the 2017 Caulfield Cup ahead of Single Gaze (Kathy O'Hara) and Johannes Vermeer (Ben Melham)

It was a major upset in the 2017 Caulfield Cup, with the Lindsay Park team taking out the race with their least fancied runner Boom Time. There were questionable tactics, hard-luck tales and plenty of news to come out of the race. We review what happened and how your horse fared. 

It was the eventual Winner Boom Time that jumped quickly and Jockey Cory Parish got him to the rail. Craig Williams was urgent on Amelie’s Star and quickly took the Darren Weir runner to the front from the wide gate. As the passed the judge the first time, Kathy O’Hara rolled forward on Single Gaze and Katelyn Mallyon who was very wide on Sir Isaac Newton pulled his way to the front as they found their positions with a mile to run. 

With 1200m remaining Katelyn Mallyon had let Sir Isaac Newton stride and he was increasing his lead to eight lengths, Single Gaze was towing the field along in second, with the fancied Humidor back in third. 

Jon Snow found a nice position on the back of Humidor while Boom Time was sitting in sixth back on the rail. Lord Fandango had no luck and was trapped three-wide for the entire Mile and a half with Abby Marie on her back and Ventura Storm in the middle of runners. Bonneval was pushed four-wide on that corner with the favourite Johannes Vermeer in the ruck on the back of Ventura Storm. 

The most Important stretch of the 2017 Caulfield Cup was between the 500m-300m as the race quickly changed complexion. Sir Isaac Newton and Amelie’s Star quickly punctured. O’Hara was swinging on Single Gaze as she hit the front ahead of Humidor who wanted to lay in as Corey Parish went for the run on Boom Time but was blocked. Johannes Vermeer was building into the race very nicely but was just baulked by the tiring stablemate Sir Isaac Newton and that stopped his momentum for a few strides. 

Single Gaze still had the lead at the furlong, with Parish changing course on Boom Time as he found a split back on the inside. Melham followed Parish on Johannes Vermeer and Humidor and Lord Fandango were boxing on.

Boom Time struck the front inside the 100m mark and kicked away from Single Gaze and Johannes Vermeer. The International Marmelo flew late but it was triumph for the Lindsay Park team as Boom Time caused a massive upset to win the 2017 Caulfield Cup.

What we said: What an upset! David Hayes said this horse was a genuine Group Three stayer and only got into the field after the unfortunate injury to Admire Dues during the week. It was a great ride under pressure from New Zealander Cory Parish. Parish claimed his first group one on the biggest stage and never panicked during the run, giving the 41/1 outsider every possible chance. The rail was the place to be, but take nothing away from Boom Time, he outsprinted his rivals off a hot tempo and was holding them at bay over the final 100m of the race. Too good. 

What The Jockey said; (Cory Parish) - “I couldn’t ask for any more. I’ve been here five years now (from New Zealand). I’ve been working for David (Hayes) and he owns the whole horse and he had the faith to put me on today, and I said I just want to repay him and I have. It’s been fantastic. This horse went super last start in the Herbert Power. He was the only horse able to finish off and I thought if he could relax today, he’d do it, and he did just that.”

What we said: Wow, what a tough performance from Single Gaze. The five-year-old Mare is extremely underrated She was forced to cart the field up to the tearaway leader and was left in front a long way from home. Kathy O’Hara went for home at the 300m and looked like she might hang on as she had the horses on her outside covered but just found one who had a better run. A great performance and must be respected in the Melbourne Cup if trainer Nick Olive decides to go that way. 

What the Jockey said: (Kathy O’Hara) - ”She went sensational, she gave her everything. I’m so proud of her. She had to do it the tough way, had to drag the field up, she’s so tough.”

What we said: A huge run from the pre-race favourite. He looked a little slow out of the barriers and Ben Melham was forced to be a little worse than midfield in the luck and always needed luck from that position. Melham did the smart thing and cut the corner and if he had’ve avoided Sir Isaac Newton he goes very close to winning the race. He was held up for a stride or two from the stablemate as he was building momentum into the straight. Melham switched off the rail and followed Boom Time through but the post came too quickly. Huge run. 

What the Jockey said: (Ben Melham) - “He ran really well. He took a step backwards as the barriers opened and I would have liked to be a couple of spots closer in the run. I just had to pick and weave through the corner but he was really strong on the line.”

What we said: Another huge run, Lord Fandango was trapped three-wide the entire trip for Ben Allen. He got cover around the 600m when Jon Snow made his run but was then pushed six-wide when making his run. On the quick backup he was entitled to drop out in the straight but he kept coming all the way to the line as the top three horses were all closer the fence. An enormous run.

What the Jockey said: (Ben Allen) - “Super . he was just very unlucky to be caught wide all the way but gee he’s tough.”

5th - HUMIDOR 
What we said: Humidor ran well with the weight. He settled closer than many expected but he still got a nice run on speed but again hung in badly when Damian Lane pushed the button at the 300m. Not really sure where Darren Weir goes next as he looked weak to the line at the end of the 2400m. Still a good run. 

What the Jockey said: (Damian Lane) - “He ran well. I settled a lot closer than I anticipated and he got fired up going past the winning post the first time. When I went for him, he hung like a rusty gate and cost himself the race.”

6th - MARMELO 
What we said: What a Huge performance and clearly the one I want to be with going towards the Melbourne Cup. On par with the likes of Fame Game and Protectionist from a Melbourne Cup trial point of view. The lightly-race five-year-old was the fastest horse over the last 800m (45.85), 600m (34.82), 400m (23.27) and 200m (11.79) of the race. He was back second last on the corner, with the likes of Bonneval still ahead of him. He still had 12 horses in front of him with 175m remaining and flew late to dead heat with Abbey Marie for sixth.  

What the Jockey said: (Hugh Bowman) - “Excellent performance, he’s right on track for the Melbourne Cup.”

What we said: Beau Mertens followed Lord Fandango into the race inside the last half mile and had to come the widest around the home turn which was a clear disadvantage. She kept coming in the straight and it may have been a run that flew under the radar. Was a great run and it looks like she will relish two miles. One to watch for the Melbourne Cup. 

What the Jockey said: (Beau Mertens) - “Very happy with the run. Just had to swoop around them on the turn which I really didn’t want to do but she still hit the line well.”

8th - HARLEM 
What we said: If you told David Hayes he would be victorious in the 2017 Caulfield Cup, Harlem would’ve been the winner according the Hayes. The top rated Lindsay Park runner got a beautiful run in transit behind the stablemate and winner Boom Time, but approaching the 500m, Parish tracked the runner-up Single Gaze and that left Harlem behind the tiring Amelie's Star. He finally got room in the straight but was then tightened for room from Jon Snow. He finished off evenly in the final furlong, but it was a case of what could’ve been for this Lindsay Park runner. 

What the Jockey said: (Chad Schofield) - “It was a good honest run. I followed the winner everywhere and was happy with the way he travelled but with that leader stopping so quickly, I had to change course quite abruptly, but he was OK to the line.”

9th - JON SNOW
What we said: Probably just doesn’t have the turn of foot to win a big sprint race like the Caulfield Cup. He got what I thought was the perfect run in the race, one out and one back following Humidor and Baster pulled him out approaching the 600m to build into the race but he was flat. He then got checked badly from Chad Schofield (Harlem) at the furlong but it didn’t really affect his placing. 

What the Jockey said: (Stephen Baster) - “We ended up in a nice spot following Humidor, then around the half-mile, I pulled out to go around him and I really struggled. I got knocked down in the straight. He picked himself back up and kept coming. I thought it was a nice run but he just might need a bit more sting out of the track.”

10th - HARDHAM
What we said: Probably ran up to his form in tenth placing. Was under severe pressure before turning and was one-paced. Battled to the line, a par run for him.

What the Jockey said: (Craig Newitt) - “He ran OK. The speed was good. They really took off from the half-mile and it just made him very dour.”

What we said: It was a real surprise to see Amelie’s Star roll forward in the run. I thought they were much better served to try and midfield/three-wide with cover. Had to use energy to get to her spot in the run but came with Single Gaze before dropping out sharply in the final furlong. A forget run as nothing went right, as long as she pulled up well it’s still all systems go into the Melbourne Cup.

What the Jockey said: (Craig Williams) - “I was really proud of her performance. She had a really sticky barrier draw and we wanted to offset that and have her in a really forward position. She was able to do that. She was amazing but she had to use petrol to get there. It was a gallant effort in the circumstances.”

What we said: Never really in contention. He missed the start before getting onto the fence, fourth last. He was strung up behind the tiring Sir Isaac Newton before finding runs along the inside to finish off evenly. 

What the Jockey said: (Joao Moreira) - “He was a little slow out of the gate which made it a little bit harder for him. Unfortunately, I got a little bit of interference at the 600 metres which cost him places.”

What we said: Performed well below market expectation. He got nice run and was entitled to run better, he copped a bump from Harlem as they cornered but he wasn’t going anywhere regardless. Disappointing. 

What the Jockey said: (Damian Oliver) - “I had a nice run, I just got a little bump on the turn but I felt he was disappointing. His mind wasn’t really on the job today and he didn’t give us our best.”

14th - BONNEVAL 
What we said: Talking through my pocket here. She was extremely disappointing. Things didn’t really work out for her in the run and was shifted four-wide before they straightened but she was entitled to finish off much better than she did. It was hard for horses to swoop, however her and Marmelo were virtually side-by-side at the 300m. Flat. 

What the Jockey said: (Kerrin McEvoy) - “I was going to grab a spot with cover but I just got bumped wide which wasn’t great. I still thought we were off the bridle and only average coming home. She moved fine but she never got into the race today.”

What we said: Not much to say really, performed very poorly. Got back to near last and stayed their for the mile and a half journey. 

What the Jockey said: (Dwayne Dunn) - “Disappointing. He got back, didn’t run on . he might have had an off day.”

16th - HE’S OUR ROKKI 
What we said: Looked the rank outsider in the field and raced that way. 2400m isn’t his go and neither is a big Handicap Group One. Needs easier. 

What the Jockey said: (Luke Nolen) - “He didn’t stay.”

What we said: Well, the Macedon Lodge team said he would lead, and he did. Overraced the entire way and Katelyn Mallyon couldn’t control him. Was going to run last a long way out. 

What the Jockey said: (Katelyn Mallyon) - “He just didn’t settle. I had him early but he grabbed the “chewy” just coming over the hill and he over-raced.”

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2017 Caulfield Cup Review - How the Caulfield Cup was run and won, runner-by-runner breakdown, what the jockeys said

It was a major upset in the 2017 Caulfield Cup, with the Lindsay Park team taking out the race with their least fancied runner Boom Time. There were questionable tactics, hard-luck tales and plenty of news to come out of the race. We review what happened and how your horse fared.

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