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Manners Key to Humidor

Wednesday, 20th September 2017

Darren Weir has discussed last Saturday's impressive Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) winner Humidor (Teofilo-Zalika, by Zabeel) and plans for the horse moving forward. Speaking to New Zealand's Radio Trackside yesterday, Weir revealed the secret behind the horse's transformation into a genuine star since relocating to Australia from New Zealand. "He has matured a bit physically but is really starting to mature mentally," the champion Melbourne trainer said. "That has helped him on the track. I think that [the Makybe Diva Stakes] was his best win by a long way." Weir added: "He used to have a few quirks about him. I always thought the key to the horse was improving his manners so we have worked on that. I think it paid off on Saturday. He pulled up great so we are now looking forward to the Turnbull [Gr1 Turnbull Stakes over 2000m at Flemington on 7 October]." Weir said Humidor's primary spring target remains the $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) on 21 October, but that the Melbourne Cup is also on the agenda. "There is still a long way to go but we are really happy with the horse," Weir continued. "Everything has been focused on having him right for the Caulfield Cup. Obviously if he runs really well and is strong through the line and pulls up well, then the Melbourne Cup is certainly an option."

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