Lane shows courage, Humidor shows class
DAMIAN Lane has bounced back from a fall to claim a Group race double at Flemington including the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on Humidor.
Lane and his mount Limestone escaped injury when falling in the final stages of yesterday’s Danehill Stakes (1200m) before the jockey came out to win the Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) and Makybe Diva Stakes in consecutive races.
Coming from the tail of the field, Humidor ($17) scored by 3¼ lengths from $1.70 favourite Hartnell with Black Heart Bart ($8.50) a another half-length away third.
Lane thought his day may have been over when he crashed with Limestone.
“For a few moments there I thought I’d definitely at least be missing the rest of the day,” Lane said.
“But I gave it five or 10 minutes and I felt good to go.
“I’m lucky to have escaped with no injury.”
A winner of the Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington in the autumn, Humidor firmed to $5 favourite for the Caulfield Cup after yesterday’s win and into $13 second favourite for the Melbourne Cup (3200m).
Lane 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. “I thought I was the winner a long way out. He’s come such a long way since he came into the stable.”
Trainer Darren Weir said the New Zealand-bred fiveyear-old was tracking well towards his spring target of the Caulfield Cup (2400m).
He said the gelding was likely to head to the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 7.
“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 (doing trackwork).”
After winning the PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield last month, Hartnell had been expected to add yesterday’s Group 1 race to his record.