Own­ers stuck on Shinn

Jockey to keep ride on Hu­mi­dor

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT - Gil­bert Gar­diner

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.”

PHOTO: GETTY IM­AGES

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