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Weir to side-step wonder mare

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Humidor showed he would be up to any task set for him this preparation when he defeated a hot line-up in Saturday’s G1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie S., at Caulfield. But Darren Weir indicated he will bow out of challenging wonder mare Winx this season. Instead, he will be setting his sights on Flemington.

Darren Weir had a crack at the peerless Winx (Street Cry {IRE}) with Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo {IRE}) in last year’s G1 Cox Plate but the champion trainer will bow out of that challenge this season.

While his now 6-year-old found honour in defeat when runner-up to the mighty mare at Moonee Valley, Weir has settled on another spring option this time around.

“I think the goal will be the Emirates, the race that Tosen Stardom won last year,” he said. “The 2000 metres at Flemington will suit him and we’ll dodge Winx.”

“The 2000 metres at Flemington will suit him and we’ll dodge Winx.” – Darren Weir.

Humidor returns with Damian Lane after winning the Group 1 NZB Memsie Stakes

Humidor showed he would be up to any task set for him this preparation when he defeated a hot line-up in Saturday’s G1 New Zealand Bloodstock Memsie S., at Caulfield. He settled back in the body of the field and when runners fanned out in the straight the gelding drove through under Damian Lane for his third victory at the elite level.

“He’s a great horse and he’s been a beauty for a long time,” Weir said. “I said to Damian be strong at the end because the horse will be. I thought he had made the right progression and Johnny (Allen) is our main gallops rider and he said he’s on track. "

“He’s a great horse and he’s been a beauty for a long time.” – Darren Weir.

“The key to Humidor is that he’s doing things better. Last season he would put his head on the side and made things difficult, but he’s done everything right in his last two runs. It’s a big thrill.”

Humidor began his career with Otaki trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard and won four races, including the G3 Manawatu Classic, before owners Mark Carter, a former All Black, his brother John and their sister Rachael sold 50 per cent to clients of Weir’s stable. They bred the horse under their Jomara Bloodstock banner.

Runner-up gallant

Second placegetter Kementari (Lonhro) was gallant after getting caught three wide and the winner’s stablemate Kings Will Dream (IRE) (Casamento {IRE}) came from last for third. “It’s been a great day, Kings Will Dream hit the line really well and Black Heart Bart wasn’t far away either,” Weir said.

Kementari ran a gallant second after being caught three wide

The Everest contender Vega Magic (Lope De Vega {IRE}) finished fourth after hitting the front 200 metres from the post. “He ran very well and the top three came from behind him,” co-trainer Tom Dabernig said. “Possibly, if you’re looking for excuses it could be the greasy ground, but full credit to the top three, they were too good on the day.”

Pedigree Notes

Humidor is out of the Zabeel (NZ) mare Zalika (NZ) who won three minor events, but it is in the second stage of her career that she has really shone. Four of her five foals to race have been successful and include Marechal (NZ) (General Nediym), whose son Cyber Attack (Shamexpress {NZ}) won the Listed El Roca – Sir Colin Meads Trophy at Hastings on Saturday.

Zalika’s dam Desert Darling (GB) (Green Desert {USA}) is a sister to the mother of the multiple Group 2 winner Lafleur. They hail from the family of the legendary Blue Hen mare Eight Carat (GB)) (Pieces Of Eight {IRE}).

Humidor is by Teofilo