Humidor Makes Most of Dry Flemington Turf to win Makybe Diva
Darren Weir had three in the top four finishers in Saturday’s Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes. We would suggest that the name of the race be changed to the Makybe Diva Avoid Winx At All Cost Stakes, but that would be cynical and/or sarcastic, two traits that could never be attributed to us.
Weir took away $551,250 for the race, which would supply an adequate justification for flooding the field, much as Chris Waller did at Randwick to the north on the same day.
Punters who decided that Humidor was worth a plunge were rewarded handsomely, as the 5YO bay gelding of Kiwi and Irish extraction carried a starting price of $17, despite having won the Group 1 Australian Cup on the same track just March past.
Humidor and hoop Damian Lane carried top-weight of 59 kg, one of seven in the field of 12 to do so. He won quite easily, leaving room for another three horses plus some back to Hartnell ($1.70) and Kerrin McEvoy. Black Heart Bart ($8.50) ran third.
The surprise of the race was Le Romain ($14) that beat only Seaburge.
Damian Oliver had to take Tavago ($81) around and could only get seventh, although he was rewarded with a win in the next race, when he guided 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin ($5) to the post in the Japan Racing Association Trophy with top-weight of 61 kg. Almandin was one of six Robert Hickmott horses in the field of 13 and Hickmott had the top three finishers and Granddukeoftuscany in sixth, so race number 8 was his payday.
The win by Humidor punches his ticket for the Caulfield Cup, which, if we were to admit that we truly are both cynical and sarcastic, we would suggest renaming the Caulfield Avoid Winx At Any Cost Cup.