Lindsey Smith says he got egg on his face and freely admits he has had his “pants pulled down” by master trainer Chris Waller over the incredible renaissance of comeback king Humidor.
Humidor was a three-time Group I winning weapon at one point of his career but couldn’t fire a shot in three starts for Smith in Perth.
Enter Waller who trained Humidor to win the Feehan Stakes at The Valley on Saturday, giving the veteran galloper a shot at a Cox Plate which appeared beyond him when he was making up the numbers in races in WA.
Smith had been happy to move Humidor on, feeling that the eight-year-old was well past his best, but knew something was brewing when he watched him in the mounting yard on Saturday.
Chris Waller has left Lindsey Smith with egg on his face. Picture: Mark Evans/GettySource:Getty Images
He is happy to give all kudos to Waller and admits he feels somewhat silly.
“He (Waller) pulled my pants down, it’s fine, he outplayed me” Smith told Racenet.
“He trained it better than I did, as simple as that, and I take my hat off to him.
“I only saw the horse on TV and I must admit before the race I got a bit nervous because in my time I had never seen him look that good.
“In my time of looking at Humidor, he is pretty unattractive but he looked pretty good in that mounting yard.
“He looked better halfway up the straight.
“I was thinking where did that egg come from, because it’s landed straight on my face.”
Humidor springs a surprise in the Feehan Stakes. Picture: Racing Photos via GettySource:Getty Images
As a result of the lessons learned through the Humidor experience, Smith has vowed to better himself as a trainer.
He wishes he had done some things differently with the veteran galloper and used different training methods.
“What I’ve got to take out of that is that I’ve got to get better,” Smith said.
“I gave up on him a bit, I didn’t think he would come back.
“But Waller is the best trainer in Australia for a reason.
“I can duck and dive and I can do whatever I like but at the end of the day, down they come, the pants.”
Humidor – who most thought was a spent force prior to Saturday – is now a $21 chance to win the Cox Plate.
Knowing he has a golden ticket into the race, Waller can plot a conservative approach as Humidor tries to go one better than when he ran a famous second to Winx in 2017.
Originally published asSmith’s Humidor blow: ‘Waller has pulled my pants down’
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