Lane shows courage, Hu­mi­dor shows class

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT -

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.

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