Cup still a tar­get for Hu­mi­dor

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT RACING -

DAR­REN Weir isn’t cer­tain whether he’ll have last year’s Aus­tralian Cup win­ner Hu­mi­dor ready to de­fend his crown this year at Flem­ing­ton on March 10.

Weir sent Hu­mi­dor to the pad­dock a tired horse af­ter he fin­ished 19th in the Mel­bourne Cup, which fol­lowed his heroic sec­ond in the Cox Plate to Winx.

“He’s back in work,” Weir said. “I’m happy with him but he went out a bit tired and spent more time in the pad­dock to get over it.

“He’ll prob­a­bly have a run in Mel­bourne in Fe­bru­ary and maybe I can get him to the Aus­tralian Cup but we’ll see.”

Weir is aim­ing the last-start Emi­rates Stakes win­ner Tosen Star­dom for the Aus­tralian Cup, which is run over the same track and dis­tance as that win and he’s thrilled with the con­di­tion he’s in.

“He’s in as good an or­der as he’s ever been,” he said.

Weir said Tosen Star­dom would run in the Aus­tralian Cup third up.

He said Tosen Star­dom was likely to re­sume in the Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Fe­bru­ary 10 and would then run in the Peter Young Stakes (1800m) or even the Fu­tu­rity Stakes (1400m) a fort­night later at the same track be­fore the Aus­tralian Cup

Tosen Star­dom will be hav­ing his last rac­ing cam­paign as it was an­nounced that the son of leg­endary Ja­panese stal­lion Deep Im­pact will stand at Wood­side Park, Wood­end.

Weir said both Tosen Star­dom and Hu­mi­dor would be headed to Syd­ney for the Au­tumn car­ni­val.

Weir is ex­cited about the prospects of an­other former Ja­panese gal­loper in Brave Smash, who fin­ished an un­lucky third in the Ever­est Stakes at his last start.

Brave Smash will re­turn to rac­ing in Fri­day week’s Aus­tralia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Val­ley.

— Michael Manley


BACK ON TRACK: Hu­mi­dor is back in work.

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