Ciaron Maher will hold back the comeback of Humidor for another fortnight but the trainer still expects to claim at least one feature at Caulfield on Saturday.
Maher announced on Tuesday that Humidor, who has not raced since breaking down in the Cox Plate last October, would wait another two weeks until the Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on August 31 before he resumes his career, which has already yielded multiple wins at the elite level and earnings of almost $4 million.
“We just thought he’d be better (placed in the Memsie),” Maher said. “We whacked him in there (the entries for Saturday’s Lawrence Stakes) to see how it would go.”
Humidor had been rated an $11 chance to make a winning return despite being against the hot favourite Mystic Journey ($1.85) and the evergreen Hartnell ($5.50).
But Maher said that three-year-old Dubious will not only run first-up in the $160,000 G3 Vain Stakes (1100m), but that he expects the horse to win if he strikes a reasonable track.
“He’s in pretty good order,” he said. “He’s pretty genuine. He’s had a good grounding going in (to the race).
“He doesn’t like getting his feet too wet so hopefully the track dries out – probably his only blemish last prep was when he ran in the (Golden) Slipper on the wet track.
“He seems to have come up really well and seems to have come on from his trial.
“His work was sharp here this morning. He’s a pretty genuine little horse.”
Dubious opened up the $2.80 favourite over Bivouac ($3.50) for the Vain but is likely to firm again as third-favourite I Am Immortal ($4.50) is most unlikely to run.