Trainer David Hayes found it difficult to split the pair on their work but importantly reported Ventura Storm is in top condition after suffering a minor setback in the days after the Caulfield Cup.
“Flemington were kind enough to let us work on the course proper [on Tuesday morning], Boom Time and Ventura Storm had a serious hit-out and they worked really well,” Hayes told Racing.com.
“There wasn’t much between them, but maybe a slight leaning to Boom Time.
“But the good news for Ventura Storm is he hit-out really well and he’s trotted up sound after the gallop.
“He had bruising on his heel [in the days after the Caulfield Cup]and with a couple of days in the water walker and we’ve readjusted his shoes, he’s responded brilliantly without missing too much work.
“He’s been able to do a big gallop on Monday up the hill at Lindsay Park (Euroa) and this morning’s course proper gallop will just tighten him up nicely.
“It’s full steam ahead toward the Melbourne Cup, I’m very excited.”
Hayes is still hopeful of saddling a trio of Melbourne Cup runners on Tuesday and can do so if Harlemwins the Lexus Stakes (2500m) on Saturday.
The import is currently 27th in the order of entry and is forced to line up on Saturday to gain a start but interestingly Hayes admitted he’d still run him in the Lexus regardless.
“I would have run this horse even if he was in the Melbourne Cup because I think he needs another good hard run under his belt to get him ready so it’s more of a traditional, old-fashioned Australian Melbourne Cup preparation,” Hayes explained.
“I just think he was a bit fresh going into the Caulfield Cup with that blockbuster speed that it was run at, it just found him out.
“He’s very fit now…I think with this good hard run and hopefully a win on the weekend will have him spot on for the Cup.”