Boom Time ($51)
The Caulfield Cup is only bettered by the Melbourne Cup as Australia's premier handicap race for stayers. While it always provides a useful form guide for the race that stops a nation, the Caulfield Cup is a brilliant betting race in its own right, with a number of talented stayers from several form lines doing battle on the unique Caulfield track.
Run over a distance of 2,400 metres or a mile-and-a-half, the prize purse for the Caulfield Cup is $5,000,000, making it the richest mile-and-a-half handicap in the world. With a field of eighteen horses, the final two hundred metres is often hectic and exciting as the superior stayers start to storm home.
Held one week before the Cox Plate and a fortnight before Derby Day, the Caulfield Cup is the highlight of the MRC spring carnival.
While many regard the Caulfield Cup as the premier lead-up race to the Melbourne Cup, the last horse to win both handicaps was Ethereal in 2001. However, like Johannes Vermeer in the 2017 edition, horses that can flash home for a placing are often highly valued in the Cup.
Even though the Caulfield Cup often becomes a form guide for the Melbourne Cup in its aftermath, there is no doubt that the race captures the attention of the racing public, with many owners and trainers targeting this race ahead of the Cup.
First run way back in 1879, the Caulfield Cup has had a long and chequered history. Infamous incidents include Shane Dye's unusual ride along the grandstand rail in 1992, and the scratching of race favourite Maldivian at the barriers in 2007.
In the 2017 edition of the race, the Hayes and Dabernig-trained Boom Time snuck home for a shock win, triumphing at odds of fifty to one. The lightweight got home ahead of Single Gaze and the eventual Melbourne Cup runner up, Johannes Vermeer. You can watch Boom Time's boilover below.