Decoded, the saying was the Lindsay Park patriach’s sage way of reconciling the sport’s most improbable tales.
But the elation that flowed following the $51 outsider’s stunning win bespoke a certain magic.
Bred to be a Blue Diamond winner and chocked as a youngster, Boom Time was originally owned by WA businessman Kim Loxton, a car-loving horse enthusiast, whose horses raced in Ferrari colours.
When Loxton fell on financial hardship and with David Hayes dreading the thought of Boom Time leaving his stable, Hayes became the six-year-old’s sole owner.
Hayes, reprising his famous father’s penchant for instructive summary, said: “I thought he was a genuine Group 3 horse and maybe a Group 2, so he’s surprised us today.
“I can’t believe it, miracles do happen. I thought he’d pay his way when we bought him, but he’s done a little bit more than that. It’ll take a while for this to sink in.”
With Loxton overseas on Saturday, Hayes wasted little time in acknowledging the former Karratha tavern owner’s bittersweet situation.
“Financially (Loxton) was in a little bit of trouble with the banks,” Hayes said. “Unfortunately he had to sell out of everything and he was shut down.
“But he rings in from time to time — I’ll be checking in with him tonight, for sure. I owe him a lot of drinks.
“And (he’d) had just run a shocker in the Sydney Cup. He wasn’t very marketable at all.
“And I knew the horse had decent ability and I didn’t want to see him leave the property, so I purchased him.”
With Hayes, in partnership with his son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, delivering the family’s fourth winner in the race behind How Now (1976), Fraar (1993) and Tawqeet (2006), there was another beacon at the other end of the racing spectrum.
Jockey Cory Parish rides more in trackwork than in races, having previously ridden over jumps.
The former Kiwi, 28, is based at Seymour and rarely gets Group 1 opportunities.
Hayes’ gamble paid off handsomely when the admirably persistent Parish produced a peach to guide Boom Time home ahead Single Gaze and favourite Johannes Vermeer.
“It means so much more winning it in partnership with Ben and Tom, and to be a part owner is the cherry on top,” Hayes said.
“Everyone at Lindsay Park has worked so hard for a result like this, there’s so much work behind the scenes and although Me, Tom and Ben get a lot of the praise, the team really deserve it too.
“It’s fantastic for Cory, he rides a lot of trackwork for us and misses out on a lot of good Saturday rides.
“So it was a pleasure to give him the ride today, and it’s a great reward for all his hard work.”
Hayes revealed he spent much of the race watching Harlem (11th) before “Ben digged me in the ribs to tell me Boom Time was going well. I’m looking forward to watching the replay to see how the race unfolded.”
“I couldn’t ask for any more. I’ve been here five years now (from New Zealand), I’ve been working for David (Hayes), he owns the whole horse now and he had the faith to put me on today,” he said.
“Blake Shinn he’s been helping with my style for a little bit, helping me master it so I’d like to help him for helping me out and sticking with me,” he said.
“It’s an amazing thrill. First Group 1 and for it to be the Caulfield Cup — you beauty.”
Internationals Johannes Vermeer and Marmelo turned in eye-catching runs.
Johannes Vermeer endured a chequered run before Ben Melham weaved his way into the placings while Marmelo produced a huge Melbourne Cup trial, storming from the tail of the field to dead heat with Abbey Marie for sixth.
Lord Fandango turned in another impressive run, finishing fourth for young Ballarat horseman Archie Alexander.
David’s son Ben described the win as “super exciting” and said that all he remembered was the horse getting out to find his run.
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Boom Time jumped well and was in front when the field settled on the fence. In a surprise Amelie’s Star worked across and was pushing forward. Single Gaze was also pushing forward. Sir Isaac Newton was very wide on the track by himself but was starting to work forward. Johannes Vermeer didn’t jump well and Boom Time who was drawn outside of him crossed him as soon as the field jumped.
Sir Isaac Newton has taken charge of Katelyn Mallyon and had moved out as a tearaway leader with a ten length gap over Single Gaze with a two length gap to Humidor and Jon Snow with Boom Time buried on the fence in fifth placing.
Sir Isaac Newton had punctured and was dropping back through the field. Single Gaze dashed up on the outside of Amelie’s Star to take the lead with Humidor three wide in third placing. On his inside was Boom Time. Johannes Vermeer was seventh on the fence.
SINGLE GAZE was still in front but was under hard riding. Boom Time was getting up on her inside with Amelie’s Star back on the fence. Humidor was fourth but was struggling. Johannes Vermeer was charging home and looking to take a gap in between Single Gaze and Boom Time . Lord Fandango was running on out wide.
Boom Time after a perfect ride from Cory Parish proves too good for the gallant Single Gaze with Johannes Vermeer bursting through for third. Lord Fandango ran on well for fourth. Humidor hung badly in the closing stages to finish fifth while Marmelo out wide worked home for equal sixth with Abbey Marie.
Our Crown Mistress landed some serious bets to get punters off to a good start at Caulfield.
The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained runner was twice as popular as anything else in the race and carried some significant wagers.
Forced to sit outside one of the well backed runners to beat her, Naantali ($7.50-$4.80-$7), the pair squared off in the straight but the favourite was a little too strong at the finish.
Counterplay ($4.80-$6.50) drifted on the day but still found the line well to grab the minor end of the prize.
Of the others, Sworn Evidence ($6.50) hovered around the $7.50 mark throughout the day but jumped as equal second pick with Counterplay.
Snitzepeg ($8.50-$12-$9.50) did it tough outside the leader but was too strong for its rivals in the Gothic Stakes (1400 metres).
Although attracting some good money since the market opened on Wednesday, Snitzepeg mainly drifted on race day until a late rally saw him come in from a high of $12 into $9.50.
Lord Sundowner, which led, attracted all the money in the morning which saw him bottom out at $3.80, however, he got back out to $6 at the jump and finished second in front of the unlucky Wassergeist ($13-$21).
The two most popular horses were Beau Geste ($4) and Octabello ($9-$7) who between them held 47 per cent of the total investment.
Pinot led throughout to win the Ethereal Stakes (2000 metres) in effortless fashion.
Ridden a treat by Stephen Baster, Pinot was one of the more popular runners in terms of money taken and booted on the turn to win impressively.
Rimraam ($26-$21) and Hiyaam ($7.50) filled the minors in what was again a leader-dominated affair.
Of the others, Speedway ($9-$7.50) made good ground from the rear after having no clear run for the majority of the straight to finish fifth while Teodora, the most popular runner with TAB customers, was fourth.
Cliff’s Edge dictated terms to perfection to take out the Group Three over 2000 metres for three-year-olds.
Heavily tried late in betting, Cliff’s Edge was crunched from $4.40 into $3.90 with jockey John Allen barely having to move on the son of Canford Cliffs in the run home.
Tangled, which trailed the leader, was $5 and battled on gamely with the most popular runner, Main Stage ($3.20-$4) finding the line nicely after racing three-back the inside.
Between the trio they held just under 70 per cent of the total investment.
Kiwia was the first winner to come from back in the field to score in the Priceline Pharmacy Coongy Cup (2000 metres).
The Darren Weir-trained runner was the third best supported runner in the race behind Samovare ($3) and Assign ($4.60-$3.40), with the latter seeing all the late money.
Kiwia went on to loop the field on the turn and beat Samovare with the unlucky Maurus ($8.50-$15) grabbing third after an interrupted run in the straight.
Samovare and Assign were easily the two best backed runners with a market hold of 70 per cent.
Ulmann benefited from having a good run just off the leaders to take out the Moonga Stakes (1400 metres).
Although having some each way support throughout the day, Ulmann drifted from $7-$10 as most of the late money came for Burning Front, Grande Rosso and Savile Row.
Burning Front ($8-$6), a $12 chance on Wednesday, raced on the speed throughout and fought on gamely for second while Echo Effect ($13-$11-$14) wound up in third spot.
Grande Rosso ($4.80-$4.50) held the most money and commanded 23 per cent of the total investment. Danish Twist ($4.60-$5), $7 on Wednesday, was the best tried outside of Grande Rosso but couldn’t get into the race after sitting at the back end of the field throughout.
Snitty Kitty ($3.40) was brilliant in sitting outside the leader and taking out the Caulfield Sprint (1000 metres).
The Henry Dwyer-trained runner was the first horse backed when markets first opened on Wednesday, which at that stage, saw $4.60 on offer.
Hitting the front on straightening up, jockey Beau Mertens didn’t have any cause for concern as she beat the leader Super Too ($5-$7.50) which had a severe case of the blows in betting.
Faatinah, which raced behind Super Too, was specked at the $7 mark and wound up third in front of the very popular Property.
Most of the money today was for Property ($4.20-$3.50-$4.40), however, late in betting the gelding drifted right back out. Despite that, he was the most popular runner in the race with 31 per cent of the market. Snitty Kitty was easily next best supported with the pair responsible for nearly 60 per cent of the money.
Boom Time ($34-$41) caused a massive boilover to win the 2017 BMW Caulfield Cup.
Ridden a treaty by Cory Parish, Boom Time burst through the pack on straightening to beat the brave Single Gaze ($26-$34) which had to lead the field up to the tearaway leader, Sir Isaac Newton.
Johannes Vermeer ($5), the race favourite, grabbed third after an interrupted run in the straight.
while Johannes Vermeer went around as favourite, Bonneval ($8) actually held more money than the imported galloper. The New Zealander held 17 per cent of the money on the race while Johannes Vermeer just behind with 15 per cent.
Of the others there was no doubt who TAB customers wanted to be on throughout the day — Ventura Storm, Humidor and Harlem.
Humidor was $9-$6.50 in one of the better moves in the Cup while Harlem was $11-$9.50. Ventura Storm, which hovered around the $11-$12 mark throughout the day held the third most of any of the runners.
Global Glamour ($12-$10) was one of the horse tried late in betting and landed some good bets in the Schweppes Tristarc Stakes (1400 metres).
The tough Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained mare outlasted Cool Passion ($21-$23) in a stirring finish with Shillelagh ($9.50-$15), which was $26 earlier in the week, coming from near last for third.
Foxplay went around as one of the best backed runners in Australia today with TAB seeing her jump as a $4 chance. The Chris Waller-trained mare held a whopping 58 per cent of all bets on the race. She was 10 times as popular as the next best backed runner in Shillelagh.
Fuhryk ($4.40-$4.60) was ridden a treat by Craig Williams to land some good bets in the final event on the program at Caulfield.
The daughter of Star Witness once again had good backing, as was the case at her first two starts back from a spell, but this time she was overshadowed in the betting by Nieta ($2.60) who was nearly five times as popular with TAB customers.
Railing through on straightening, Fuhryk was then moved around the leader’s heels to race away and score over Lyuba ($12) which ran on late and Nieta whose run appeared to have ended about 100 metres out.