Victorian Group runners Humidor (NZ) and Tosen Stardom (JPN) will continue their current campaigns in the Sydney Autumn Carnival after they contest the $200,000, Group 2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Trainer Darren Weir has the duel Group 1 winning pair aimed at the Randwick features of the $3.5m, Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 8th followed by the $4m, Group 1 WFA Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 14th.
Humidor has 58kg for The Doncaster and Tosen Stardom 57.5kg. In The Doncaster they may come up against Randwick Guineas winner Kementari with 51.5kg and in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes against champion mare Winx.
Humidor famously ran to a long neck of Winx in the Group 1 WFA Cox Plate over 2040m at The Valley last October. The five-year-old Teofilo gelding then ran in the Group 1 Melbourne Cup over 3200m but he did not stay the distance.
Earlier in the spring he won the Group 1 Maybe Diva Stakes over 1600m at Flemington. Last autumn he won the 2017 renewal of the Group 1 Australian Cup over 2000m.
Resuming in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield on February 14th Humidor was fourth to stablemates Brave Smash (JPN) and Tosen Stardom.
Weir says Humidor has improved his fitness since the fourth in the Futurity Stakes after his deliberate delayed start to his autumn campaign after the long spring campaign culminating in the Cup run.
The trainer said Humidor did not have the grounding for the 2018 Australian Cup last Saturday at Flemington won by Harlem (GB), but that he was on target for Saturday's race.
"We don't ask them too much on the track," Weir said reported managing owners Australian Bloodstock.
"The clock does not bother me, it is just how they are in themselves and that run has brought him on."
Tosen Stardom of course has form in Sydney after running second to Contributer (IRE) in the 2015 Group 1 The Ranvet Stakes over 2000m at Rosehill. He followed that up running fifth to Criterion (NZ) in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes before returning to Japan.
Last spring he was in sparkling form winning two Group 1 races, the Toorak Handicap over 1600m at Caulfield and the WFA Mackinnon Stakes over 2000m at Flemington.
"He has had a couple of good gallops since and I am happy with the horse going into the race," Weir said.
Weir said that after Sydney the stablemates may continue through to Brisbane for the Queensland Winter Carnival.
Stablemate's Tosen Stardom (JPN) (left) and Brave Smash (JPN) (3) in the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, picture Quentenjlang.com