No more doubts over Hu­mi­dor

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - LEO SCHLINK

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.

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