There’s Fight in the Old Boy Yet

Mark Smith - Saturday September 5

Connections copped plenty of flack for keeping Humidor in training after the gelding seemed to be making up the numbers in three starts in Western Australia, but he was sent to Chris Waller to revive his career and in his first start for the Sydney-based maestro came from the rear of the field to claim the Group II Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

Humidor back from two years in the wilderness (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Reunited with Daman Lane, the 8yo gelded son of Teofilo came with a barnstorming finish to defeat the Melbourne Cup-bound Surprise Baby (Shocking) by a long-neck with Harbour Views (FR) (Le Havre) a half-head back in third and earned himself a golden ticket to the WS Cox Plate.

The triple Group 1 winner had been out of the winner’s circle since defeating Kementari in the Memsie Stakes just over two years ago.

With his sixth stakes win, Humidor advances his record to 9 wins, 7 seconds and 5 thirds from 43 starts with earnings of  $4,179,315.


Bred and part-owned by Jomara Bloodstock, Humidor is out of winning Zabeel mare Zalika, who is the dam of four winners from six foals to race and a half-sister to Stakes winner Heart Of The Desert.

Her winning daughter Marechal (General Nediym) is the dm of the dam of the Listed El Roca Sprint winner Cyber Attack (Shamexpress).

A $400,000 yearling, Zalika is a sister in blood to Group II winner Lafleur, the dam of stakes winner Papillio and Amaryllis.

Zalika is a granddaughter of the champion Habibti a half-sister to the great broodmare Eight Carat.

The final foal of Zalika is a yearling colt by American Pharoah (USA).


Race Result - Ladbrokes Feehan Stakes Gr2 1600m

Moonee Valley Track: Good(3) Time: 1:36.18
T: C J Waller J: Damian Lane 59
8g Teofilo (IRE) x Zalika (NZ) (Zabeel (NZ))
Surprise Baby
T: P A Preusker J: Craig Williams 59
6g Shocking (AUS) x Bula Baby (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ))
Harbour Views
T: M J Williams J: John Allen 59
6g Le Havre (IRE) x Icky Woo (GB) (Mark Of Esteem (IRE))
T: Nick Ryan J: D W Stackhouse 59
6g Nicconi (AUS) x On Credit (NZ) (Viking Ruler (AUS))
Inglis Classic Yearling Sale $80,000
V:Bhima Thoroughbreds, Scone
B: P Morgan
MM National Weanling Sale Select Session $25,000
V:Lyndhurst Stud Farm Warwick Qld
B: Inglis As Agent
Streets Of Avalon
T: S P Nichols J: B Melham 59
6g Magnus (AUS) x Kamuniak (NZ) (Black Minnaloushe (USA))
T: Nick Ryan J: R Mc Leod 59
6g Magnus (AUS) x Elusive Magic (AUS) (Elusive Quality (USA))
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $24,000
V:Supreme Thoroughbreds, Romsey
B: JJ Gordon Bloodstock Consultants Pty Ltd (FBAA)
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Ses 2 $30,000
V:Supreme Thoroughbreds, Romsey
B: A Trinder
T: Matthew Brown J: B Higgins 59
6g Tough Speed (USA) x I Gotcha Babe (AUS) (Mukddaam (USA))
MM Tasmanian Yearling Sale $30,000
V:J & L McGrath Franklin Tas
B: Matt Brown
Coming Around
T: Brent Stanley J: C Newitt 59
5g Gingerbread Man (AUS) x Elite Dancer (AUS) (Royal Academy (USA))
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