Chouxting The Mob winning at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Boom Time has gone bust but it's a different story for stayer Chouxting The Mob, who made it a hat-trick of wins with a big finish in the TAB/ATA Celebrate Women Trainers Handicap.
"He's just had a wonderful prep," trainer Simon Morrish said of Chouxting The Mob. "He's a very honest horse.
"I do not know how good he is but I do know he's a good stayer.
"He's just a ripper. I think his style of racing helps him. He does nothing for 2000 (metres) and then dashes home. He's a great eater and he loves life."
The victory at $13 put Chouxting The Mob in a rather special category as he is one of those rare horses to string three mile-and-a-half (2400m) races together and it is his penchant for staying that has Morrish and the part-owners daring to dream.
Morrish wouldn't mention the Melbourne Cup but it was obvious he was thinking along those lines with the horse that has already had 11 runs this campaign.
"I don't know where he ends up," he said. "We all hope for the stars.
"That's the beauty of the ratings system. You can go through the grades and they get confidence and they win and they learn to win.
"You'd like to think a Lavazza (2800-metre handicap on Melbourne Cup Day) would be nice for him. Or that other race."
WATCH: Chouxting The Mob's win
Chouxting The Mob took his earnings to almost $200,000 with his sixth win from 17 starts, but Morrish explained the horse is fortunate to be racing at all.
"He won at Geelong (early in his career) and then we turned him out and he came back in and had a couple of runs and then he fractured a leg at trackwork which necessitated having three screws put in and a long rehab," he said.
But while Morrish was looking forward, those from Lindsay Park were looking back after Boom Time ran for the last time when tailed off six lengths behind the second-last horse.
Co-trainer Ben Hayes announced moments after Boom Time had crossed the line that the 2017 Caulfield Cup winner was officially retired.
Boom Time, who injured a tendon for the second time just 12 months ago, has struggled to be competitive in five runs this autumn, with the rising eight-year-old entire finishing his career with 42 starts for eight wins and earnings of more than $2.5 million.