DAVID Hayes has been buoyed by the way Boom Time has settled into Tokyo ahead of Sunday week’s Japan Cup, but he doesn’t expect the Caulfield Cup winner to cause another big race boilover.
While Hayes is confident Boom Time will acquit himself well in the 2400m Group 1 race at Tokyo racecourse in Fuchu, he isn’t so sure the six-year-old he owns outright can upset the best of the Japanese horses.
“We don’t think we can beat the best of the Japanese horses, but Caulfield Cup form is pretty good,” Hayes said.
“If we can keep him happy and keep him racing like that, we think we will be competitive, but we are not dreaming he could win it. He was invited (after his $51 Cup victory), so we thought why not.”
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Boom Time arrived in Japan on Tuesday morning, but took little time adapting to his new surrounds, which has pleased the Hayes camp.
“He arrived safely and has eaten all his feed and taken all his liquids,” he said.
“He has a wonderful constitution.”
Hayes, who won the race with Better Loosen Up in 1990, will travel to Japan on Wednesday, while jockey Cory Parish will likely fly out a day later for the biggest ride of his career.
Parish’s first Group 1 success in the Caulfield Cup was one of the rides of the carnival.
“It brings back great memories,” Hayes said of his two previous Japan Cup visits.
“We won it with the only (Australian horse) to win it (Better Loosen Up) in the same colours (as Boom Time), and the only other time I went Jeune (sixth in 1994) was an unlucky runner.”
“We’re really looking forward to it.”
Boom Time is rated a $26 chance with TAB, with last year’s Japan Cup winner Kitasan Black listed as $2.30 favourite. Japanese-trained horses have won the past 11 Japan Cups.
Boom Time ran 15th in the Melbourne Cup, but will be better suited back to 2400m.