5 Gelding 115 2 $2,604,415 Darren Weir Damian Lane

  • "They say no-one remembers who came second. History might look a touch more favourably on this Teofilo gelding, who provided one of the most dramatic challenges to a champion on the track in recent memory."

    Sure, prior to the 2017 Cox Plate, he was already a star in his own right. A New Zealand native, Humidor came to Australia with a big rap on him - having been a Group 1 runner-up (incidentally, over the Cox Plate trip of 2040m at Hastings). While he frustrated the punters a few times early on with some promising seconds, he nailed the Australian Cup against reigning Caulfield Cup winner Jameka.

    Humidor, though, has his quirks. Master trainer Darren Weir was always one to say the blinkers would improve him no end, as he had a tendency to lay in; that is, he would veer left and not run straight when under pressure. But in the spring of 2017, he exploded again, as he showed in the G1 Makybe Diva Stakes.

    As Weir was quoted as saying, Caulfield wasn't his track as the results show. He erred in the Turnbull Stakes when he laid in behind Winx, but then improved out of sight in one of the more astonishing training, and riding performances, as he sidled up to Winx at Moonee Valley. He didn't beat her, but the performance will live long in the memories of racing fans.

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