After a slashing run in the Cox Plate, the Darren Weir trained Humidor is now near the top of the betting for the Emirates Melbourne Cup (3200m).
The former kiwi was awful in the Caulfield Cup seven days prior, but that was due to being ridden upside down. Darren Weir backed him up against the mighty mare Winx and put Blake Shinn on. He rode the horse an absolute treat and nearly spoiled the party, but Winx clung on to get the win and create history.
On face value, it was a slashing Cup trial and the bookies agreed. He was $41 prior to the Cox Plate and afterwards, he is now a $7.50 second pick behind the reigning Cup winner Almandin ($6.50), who needs a new rider now after Damien Oliver was suspended for improper riding on Happy Clapper in the Cox Plate.
That effort has seen Marmelo, the clear eye catcher from the Caulfield Cup, drift to $8.50 after he was down to as short as $6.50 immediately after the Caulfield Cup. Wall Of Fire has been $13 to $11, Johannes Vermeer has eased out to $11 after being single figures while Red Cardinal, who was $18 at one stage, is now at $12.
The other key runner that could have potentially firmed is Big Duke but after his below par effort in the Moonee Valley Cup, he is at $21.
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