Defending Champ Humidor Drifts in Memsie Stakes 2019 Betting

August 29, 2019

Defending Champ Humidor Drifts in Memsie Stakes 2019 Betting

The 2019 Memsie Stakes odds on defending champion Humidor are on the drift but co-trainer Ciaron Maher believes there is still plenty left in the tank of the evergreen seven-year-old.

Humidor. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

Humidor is back chasing successive Memsie Stakes wins at Caulfield this weekend. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos.

On Saturday Teofilo gelding Humidor, formerly prepared by Melbourne Cup winning trainer Darren Weir, will have his third consecutive run in the Group 1 $1 million Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Two years ago, he ran eighth behind Vega Magic before winning the Group 1 $750,000 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington next-up.

Last season he returned, improving to win the Memsie narrowly as a $31 roughie hope.

His Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival in 2018 also went on to include three other Group 1 placings, most notably his last start third behind four-time hero Winx in the Group 1 $5 million Cox Plate (2040m).

Also famous for his Cox Plate second to Winx in 2017 at big odds, Humidor is a genuine weight-for-age star but is out from $13 to $17 in the latest Memsie Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au.

He chases back-to-back Memsie Stakes wins for the first time since the great mare Sunline (2010-11) and has last year’s winning hoop Damian Lane in the saddle again.

The Memsie Stakes field for 2019 features a class line-up of 13 with Humidor in gate 10.

Last October’s Cox Plate run was his latest start, but he’s been brought on fitness-wise with two recent trials at Cranbourne this month including a 900m win in the mud back on the 18th.

Still, his record fresh is far from impressive with the galloper yet to win in six previous first-up runs.

Humidor, known for his quirk of laying-in under pressure during races, also suffered a suspensory ligament injury during last year’s Cox Plate that has kept him sidelined until now.

Maher though is full of confidence the $3.9 million earner is back better than ever, even suggesting maturity has him straightened out – literally.

“I saw Humidor from afar when Darren (Weir) trained him and he always looked like he was quite a handful,” Maher, who trains in partnership with David Eustace, told Racenet this week.

“But Maddie Raymond who ran Darren’s Warrnambool stable and did the pre-training on Humidor says it is now like he has just sort of matured.

“She reckons the break has just done him the world of good and he has seemed a lot happier and his gallops, where he normally always lays in, have been very straight.

“I know he is an older horse but they don’t get much of a break when they are in work and Maddie reckons the break been wonderful for him.

“Damian Lane obviously knows the horse very well and he has also done quite a bit of work on him for me.

“He reckons he is great in his action and seems to be going pretty true.”

It is a tough first-up assignment on Saturday with the likes of star mare Alizee ($3.30) and Godolphin’s great galloper Hartnell ($7.50) in the mix.

Win or lose, Maher confirmed Humidor was again targeting a Cox Plate run this season at The Valley, for which the horse pays $18 to win through race sponsor Ladbrokes.com.au.

“Damian rode him on Tuesday morning and the horse had a bit of a blow – he will certainly improve from whatever he does on Saturday,” Maher said.

“It has been a gradual sort of prep and the Cox Plate is his target.”

The 2019 Ladbrokes Cox Plate runs on October 26 with first acceptances closing on September 10.

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