No more doubts over Humidor
IF TRACK watchers last week had dismissed Humidor as a legitimate Makybe Diva Stakes contender based on the erratic Kiwi’s work, Darren Weir and Damian Lane would have forgiven their scepticism.
Notoriously prone to meltdowns, Humidor has built a reputation as much for waywardness as undeniable talent.
Since arriving at Weir’s stable last year, the gelding has slowly reformed - not that he is the finished article yet.
But many of those doubts were banished yesterday when Lane piloted a surprisingly tractable Humidor to another defining Group 1 victory at Flemington.
Six months on from an equally emphatic Australian Cup triumph, Humidor rocketed into Caufield Cup favouritism as TAB slashed his odds from $11 to $5.
For Lane and Weir - and his patient staff - Project Humidor is starting to bear seriously good fruit, as evidenced by the gaping margin over Hartnell and Black Heart Bart. “Humidor ran unbelievable really. He’s always promised to do that but it’s been a matter of getting him right and the team have worked hard trying to get his manners better,” Weir said
“It’s clear at his last two starts that it’s working.
“He’s paraded a lot better and Damian’s done a lot of the hard yards going to Casterton and Coleraine doing all his trackwork.
“There’s been a lot of hard work by the crew behind the scenes but he still wanted to lay in a little bit getting around the corner but he’s getting there.
“In trackwork, he’s got his head in the right spot and he’s not sweating up as much as he normally would. I think we’re winning the battle. “It’s good for the future.” Lane, who rode a double after his fall from Limestone, described Humidor as a great talent who is starting to put it all together.
“He lobbed along out the back and he travelled up underneath me turning for home,” Lane said.