Euroa’s Lindsay Park Racing has confirmed Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time will race in Japan later this month.
Trainer David Hayes took Better Loosen Up to Japan to win the cup in 1990 and now he, along with co-trainers son Ben and nephew Tom Dabernig, is attempting to try and claim the famous race again with the horse he owns outright.
Speaking to Channel Seven on Oaks Day, Dabernig confirmed Boom Time would be accepting the Japan Racing Association’s invite, for the race which offers an estimated $3.44million to connections of the winner.
‘‘He got invited to go to the Japan Cup and we’ve accepted the invitation,’’ Dabernig said.
‘‘At this stage, he’s scheduled to depart on Monday.
‘‘That’ll be nice to be a part of.’’
Unfortunately for Dabernig it with be his uncle David who makes the trek to Japan, with the latter pulling the strings at Lindsay Park, claiming his experience should mean he gets to go.
‘‘He definitely pulls rank, he said ‘he has got the experience from when Better Loosen Up went’, so you can’t say much else,’’ Dabernig said.
Boom Time was ridden by jockey Corey Parish in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup, finishing 15th, however, pre-race Hayes thought the horse was a better chance.
Boom Time was overlooked as a potential winner of the Cup, partly due to his pedigree and partly because he went off at 50-1 in the Caulfield Cup.
But Hayes said it sometimes pays not to overlook the obvious.
‘‘Boom Time is a Caulfield Cup winner with no weight and the horse that ran third (Johannes Vermeer) is a favourite,’’ Hayes said.
However, the trainer will be hoping the horse can return to its Caulfield Cup form in Japan.
Boom Time was owned by Western Australian businessman Kim Loxton, a car-loving horse enthusiast, whose horses raced in Ferrari colours.
When Loxton fell on financial hardship and, with the trainer not wanting to lose Boom Time, he became the sole owner, a decision which has now paid dividends.
‘‘I knew the horse had decent ability and I didn’t want to see him leave the property,’’ Hayes said.
‘‘I can’t believe it, miracles do happen. I thought he would 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.’’