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Humidor Takes Caulfield Championship Lead

New Zealand-bred gelding Humidor leads the NZB Caulfield Spring WFA Championship after surging home to beat a crack field in the $1 million Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on September 1.

Humidor Takes Caulfield Championship Lead

New Zealand-bred gelding Humidor leads the NZB Caulfield Spring WFA Championship after surging home to beat a crack field in the $1 million Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on September 1.

Humidor wins the Memsie Stakes
Humidor wins the Memsie Stakes Picture:Racing and Sports

The Memsie Stakes win lifted Humidor to 11 points in the Championship Series and first place on the table. The G2 PB Lawrence Stakes winner Showtime, who was unplaced in the Memsie Stakes, now shares second spot with Kings Will Dream on 10 points.

The third leg of the Championship Series is the $750,000 Underwood Stakes (1800m) on September 30 before the Series concludes with the $1 million Caulfield Stakes (2000m) on October 13.


Triple G1 winner Humidor (Teofilo x Zalika by Zabeel) has won eight of his 28 starts and more than $3.4 million prize-money. He had previously won the G1 Australian Cup and G1 Makybe Diva Stakes last season.

Humidor Horseform began his career with Otaki trainers Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard in NZ and won four races, including the G3 Manawatu Classic, before his owner-breeders sold 50 per cent to clients of Darren Weir’s stable. They bred the horse under their Jomara Bloodstock banner.

Humidor is one of five named foals out of the winning Zabeel mare Zalika, a half-sister to Macau stakes winner Heart Ofthe Desert (Show A Heart).

Zalika is also the dam of three other winners including Marechal (General Nediym), the dam of Saturday’s Listed Colin Meads Stakes winner Cyber Attack (Shamexpress) at Hastings.

Zalika’s dam Desert Darling (Green Desert) is a sister to the dam of multiple G2 winner Lafleur from the family of the legendary broodmare Eight Carat. Humidor’s third dam is the famed multiple European G1-winning mare Habibti.

Zalika has a yearling filly by Shooting To Win and is due to foal to Tavistock this year.

Humidor is one of 14 G1 winners by Teofilo, who has shuttled to Australia intermittently since 2014 but is not returning this year.

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R7 CAULFIELD 1 September 2018
Nz Bloodstock Memsie Stakes 3U , 1400m
Race Synopsis: The 2017 Australian Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) winner Humidor, having his second run this preparation was a surprise $21 winner over this trip in scoring this third Group 1 success here. He raced in ninth place on the rails before Damian Lane got him along the inner to be fourth at the 200m. He then grabbed the lead in the closing stages to win well. Kementari settled seventh place (wide), moved up (deep) rounding the home turn and then kept running on well for second. Kings Will Dream raced in last place in the 11-horse field to the home turn, improved between runners from the 300m and kept finishing gamely for third in another smart effort. Vega Magic had a good trip in fourth place (one out and one back) before moving up at the home turn. He briefly looked the winner when he took the lead at the 200m before fighting on for a close-up fourth, just in advance of Oregon's Day who finished well from tenth at the home turn for (0.7 lengths) fifth. Black Heart Bart was handy all the way and fought well for sixth, beaten a length.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
4. HUMIDOR (NZ)
6yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
DAMIAN LANE
59.0
$21.00
 
TEOFILO (IRE) - ZALIKA (NZ)
Forest Lodge Racing, Jomara Bloodstock Ltd, Steeplechasers Flat Synd, M Krauser, Dr P Goel, Mrs P Adams, B Shannon, T Ginnane, D O'Connor, B Sokolski, Walker Racing & Bloodstock, Royjohn Racing & H Bastone
2nd  
8. KEMENTARI (AUS)
4yo H
JAMES CUMMINGS
GLYN SCHOFIELD
58.5
$5.00
 
LONHRO (AUS) - YAVANNA (AUS)
Godolphin
3rd  
7. KINGS WILL DREAM (IRE)
4yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
J ALLEN
59.0
$13.00
 
CASAMENTO (IRE) - ROAD HARBOUR (USA)
 K W D (Mgr: B Spicer), B F Sokolski, G Mitchell, G J Johnson, M D Boyd, M Chan, Bully's Boys (Mgr: T Bull), T J Harty, M W Latcham, Mrs J Doolan, Mrs V M Moors, B M Spencer, M A Adams, C M George, K J Matthews, B Cobanoglu, Dr R P Williams, T M Forrester, A Kheir & Mrs M Sokolski
4th  3. VEGA MAGIC (AUS)
6yo Gelding
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
DAMIEN OLIVER
59.0
$2.50
5th  11. OREGON'S DAY (AUS)
5yo Mare
MICK PRICE
MICHAEL DEE
57.0
$61.00
6th  2. BLACK HEART BART (AUS)
8yo Gelding
DARREN WEIR
BRAD RAWILLER
59.0
$21.00
7th  1. HAPPY CLAPPER (AUS)
8yo Gelding
PATRICK WEBSTER
MARK ZAHRA
59.0
$6.00
8th  9. GRUNT (NZ)
4yo H
MICK PRICE
LUKE CURRIE
58.5
$13.00
9th  5. JUNGLE EDGE (AUS)
8yo Gelding
MICK BELL
KEVIN FORRESTER
59.0
$61.00
10th  6. DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR (AUS)
6yo Gelding
TONY MCEVOY
JAMIE KAH
59.0
$31.00
11th  10. SHOWTIME (AUS)
4yo H
MICHAEL & WAYNE & JOHN HAWKES
DWAYNE DUNN
58.5
$13.00

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