Owners stuck on Shinn
Jockey to keep ride on Humidor
RACING: Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Blake Shinn (pictured) will keep the ride on Humidor for the two-mile classic at Flemington next Tuesday.
Shinn piloted four winners on Cox Plate Day and came within a half-length of Winx aboard the Darren Weir-trained star galloper.
Weir said the five-year-old Teofilo gelding’s owners had decided to stick with Shinn after he threatened to spoil Winx’s threepeat Cox Plate coronation.
“Fifty per cent of the horse is owned in New Zealand and they were very keen to stick with Blake and then another guy that had a share in too was keen to stick with Blake so probably the vote’s going Blake’s way,” Weir said.
“At this stage, Blake Shinn will be riding him.”
Weir said Humidor pulled up “great” from the daring Cox Plate run and would progress to the Melbourne Cup despite questionable staying pedigree.
“We’ve always thought that he would run a trip but his pedigree probably suggests, on the stallion side, that it mightn’t,” Weir told SEN Breakfast.
“I’m going to take the risk and find out.
“I’d love to draw inside (barrier) 10 I suppose, pop him in the middle of the race and just ride him to run well, take all the shortcuts, see what happens.”
But the 2014 Melbourne Cup-winning trainer faces “tricky” conversations with connections of Humidor’s stablemate Big Duke following the Moonee Valley Cup flop.
“I thought he went s---house to be honest,” Weir said.
“I couldn’t see him winning the Melbourne Cup on that run.”
Big Duke, who is already qualified for the Melbourne Cup, went into the Moonee Valley Cup a short-priced favourite but failed to fire in the 2500m test.
“We’ll probably have to run him this Saturday now, run him in the Lexus (and) see whether he goes well enough in that,” Weir said.
“A lot of people just say he’s in there ‘we’ll roll the dice’ anyway but if you’re going in the Melbourne Cup you realistically want to think you’re going to be a top-10 chance.
“I’d be keen to run him this Saturday, they can be a bit tricky the conversations (with owners) after the race.”