Humidor minds his manners to upset Hartnell
IF CASTERTON trackwatchers last week had dismissed Humidor as a legitimate Makybe Diva Stakes contender based on the erratic Kiwi’s work, trainer Darren Weir and jockey Damian Lane would have forgiven their scepticism.
Notoriously prone to meltdowns, Humidor has built a reputation as much for way- wardness as undeniable talent.
Since arriving at Weir’s stable last year, the gelding has slowly reformed, not that he is the finished article yet.
Many of those doubts were banished yesterday when Lane piloted a surprisingly tractable Humidor to another defining Group 1 victory at Flemington.
Six months on from an emphatic Australian Cup victory, Humidor rocketed into Caulfield Cup favouritism as UBET slashed his odds to $5.50.
For Lane and Weir – and his patient staff – Project Humidor is starting to bear good fruit, as evidenced by the gaping margin over yesterday’s placegetters Hartnell and Black Heart Bart.
“Humidor ran unbelievable really. 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 going to Casterton and Coleraine doing all his trackwork.
“There’s been a lot of hard work by the crew behind the scenes, but he still wanted to lay in a little bit getting around the corner but he’s getting there.
“In trackwork, he’s got his head in the right spot and he’s not sweating up as much as he normally would. I think we’re winning the battle. “It’s good for the future.” Lane, who rode a double after his fall from Limestone earlier in the day, described Humidor as a great talent who was 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.
“Credit to Darren and all his team.”
Weir said Humidor was likely to head to the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on October 7.
Kerrin McEvoy said Hartnell didn’t finish off as he expected.
“He finished off OK but the winner showed more dash than me there today,” McEvoy said.
DOMINANT: Humidor (green colours) wins easily at Flemington.
TEAM EFFORT: Humidor’s trainer Darren Weir.