The Caulfield Cup was a shock to most but how does it effect the rest of Spring?

Punters and bookies alike went BOOM on Caulfield Cup Day. Also, what's the impact on the rest of the Spring Carnival? | Horse Racing Spring Carnival

Sat, 21 Oct, 2:36 AM




The powerful David Hayes, Ben Hayes  & Tom Dabernig stable were to the fore once again this spring carnival but this time it was with a horse not many of us expected – Boom Time.


The six-year-old enjoyed a comfortable run three-back the inside while tearaway leader Sir Isaac Newton was making the likes of Single Gaze and Humidor cart the rest of the field up.


Jockey Cory Parish found an inside run on straightening and Boom Time was good enough to burst through and score at odds of $41. Single Gaze did remarkably well to finish second while the race favourite Johannes Vermeer charged home for third after never really finding any clear running.


Needless to say, Sir Isaac Newton, which led by as much as 10 lengths at one stage, compounded to finish a distant last.



VICTORIA DERBY – Saturday, November 4


CLIFF’S EDGE roared into Derby favouritism following his all-the-way success in the Ladbrokes Classic.


The Darren Weir-trained runner had been at around $21 to win the Derby prior to the win but his sheer toughness to lead throughout forced bookies to re-evaluate their markets.


Ladbrokes have him at $5 to win their sponsored race in front of Main Stage ($6) which did well to finish third to Cliff’s Edge and Tangled ($13) which split the pair at the finish.


A firmer at odds that caught the eye at Randwick earlier in the day was the filly LUVALUVA. Although more than likely to go for the Oaks rather than the Derby, she halved her price with most bookies in this market after she rattled home for second to the promising Kaonic. Ladbrokes still has her at $41.




MELBOURNE CUP – Tuesday, November 7


We now have a new Emirates Melbourne Cup favourite following yesterday’s Caulfield Cup – but it’s not the winner Boom Time.


Imported galloper MARMELO definitely caught the eye after coming from near the rear of the field on the turn to finish sixth, beaten less than three lengths.


Most corporates reacted immediately to the performance and installed him as favourite for the ‘race that stops the nation’ on November 7. The double figures about him is gone, however, you can still secure $7.40 (Betfair) or $6.50 with the likes of Sportsbet, William Hill and Centrebet.


BOOM TIME, needless to say, pretty much sliced his price from triple figures into $34 (Bet365) following his surprise win in the feature, which gave Cory Parish his first ever Group One success.


Other notable betting moves to come out of the Caulfield Cup included SINGLE GAZE, which halved its price with some agencies but punters can still get $41 about her (Will Hill, Centrebet, Sportsbet) after she pulled off a cracking run to finish second.


JOHANNES VERMEER, despite being a beaten favourite, trimmed up slightly with Betfair offering the best market price on his chances with $12.50 being traded.


HUMIDOR was the other one of note. He did a fantastic job to tough it out and help cart the field up to the tearaway leader and that definitely isn’t his go. He still finished equal sixth with Marmelo and punters could do worse than the $34 currently being offered at Sportsbet.



KENNEDY OAKS – Thursday, November 9


PINOT has put herself right into contention for a shot at the Kennedy Oaks with most bookies now having her second pick in the market.


The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained mare pretty much halved her price and is now $4.60 with Palmerbet to take out the classic after she led throughout to win the Ethereal Stakes.


RIMRAAM, which toughed it right out and arguably produced the run of the race outside the winner, was as much as $67 with some agencies prior to the Ethereal but is now a $14 shot after finishing second.


The other key mover in this market was LUVALUVA.


She finished an eye-catching second to Kaonic at Randwick earlier in the day and was as much as $26 with some bookies prior to the effort. Some have her in single figures now, however, the team at William Hill are still holding firm at $15.


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