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Kiwis celebrate royal result at Flemington

18 September 2017, 4:44 p.m.

Humidor’s stunning victory in the Gr.1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) provided his New Zealand connections with a result to savour.

“You’ve got to make the most of it, you never know when the next one will come along,” Aucklander John Carter said.

Humidor Photo: Darryl Sherer

He shares in the ownership of the five-year-old with his brother Mark and their sister Rachael, the siblings having bred Humidor from the Zabeel mare Zalika under their Jomara Bloodstock banner.

“Zalika’s got a Makfi yearling and he’ll be going to the sales and she’s in foal to Shooting To Win,” Carter said.

“If she has a filly we’ll be keeping her - we had one by General Nediym, Marechal, and sold her for $20,000. She later sold on the Gold Coast for $A265,000 so we didn’t get that right.”

Humidor won four races, including the Gr.3 Manawatu Challenge Stakes (2000m), from the Otaki stable of Johno Benner and Hollie Wynyard before clients of top Victorian trainer Darren Weir purchased a 50 per cent interest.

The Teofilo gelding’s success at Flemington on Saturday came as a pleasant surprise and one that’s now made him a $5 favourite for the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) and second fancy at $13 for the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup (3200m).

“We weren’t expecting it and Darren thought he would be more of a winning chance at his next start,” Carter said.

“I’ve got no idea where that will be, it’s all up to Darren, but the Caulfield Cup is his main goal.”

Weir said Humidor is likely to head next to the Gr.1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 7. – NZ Racing Desk.