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Australian Cup success for local identities
AFTER a lifetime in the beef industry, Terry
Ginnane, co - owner of Landmark Harcourts
in Leongatha, is widely acknowledged as an
authority on commercial cattle.
But he’s the first to admit he doesn’t know
a whole lot about picking a good racehorse.
However, after the success he’s been having
in recent times, as a part owner of some of
racing legend Darren Weir’s best horses, he’s
finding out first-hand what it takes to have
success at the top level.
Last Saturday, at Flemington, that extended
to winning one of the top weight-for-age races
in the country with Humidor, the $1.5 million
Australian Cup, which is the autumn equiva-
lent of the Cox Plate in the spring.
And it did so by running down 2016 Caul-
field Cup winner Jameka in the straight with
the excellent sectional time, over the final 600
metres, of 0:35.52.
First prize is $900,000 plus trophy, which
Terry has been taking care of for the past few
“We’re having a lot of fun,” said Terry this
week, who with former Leongatha and Haw-
thorn footballer, Mick Johnston and his wife
Alise, is a part- owner of the up and coming
four year old gelding.
“Make sure you say I only own a small
“ I ’ll have blokes ringing me up asking for
money,” he said with a laugh, sharing his suc-
cess, and a drink out of the cup, with patrons
at the Inlet Hotel in Inverloch last Sunday
“The only reason I’m in the horse at all is
that I sell Darren Weir’s cattle. He says to me,
I’ll look after the training if you look after my
“And, as with everything he does, he pro -
duces pretty good Angus cattle as well, ” s aid
Terry this week.
“ I t’s just been a great thrill to be involved. ”
Terry said the New Zealand owners of Hu-
midor came across to Melbourne last year for
a shot at the Emirates Stakes during the Mel-
bourne Spring Carnival which is when Dar-
ren Weir approached them for a 50 per cent
“ We were involved with a couple of his other
horses; Palentino, Kenedna and Tosen Star-
dom and he said ‘why don’t you join us with
this one’ , so there’s not a lot of science in it as
far as I’m concerned.”
Terry was watching the race from the
mounting yard at Flemington when Humidor
let down a withering finish over the final stag-
es to catch the frontrunners in the shadows
of the post.
“We’ve had a fourth and a couple of seconds
this time in, including two seconds at Group
Two and Three level, so it was on the cards
but you never know. ”
By winning Saturday’s Group One feature
event, Humidor joins the likes of Makybe Diva
2005, Lonhro 2004, Northerly 2001/2003
and Saintly in 1996, and has put himself in
line for some of the classic events on the Aus-
tralian racing calendar, not the least of which
is the Melbourne Cup.
“We’re on the fourth or fifth line of betting
for this year’s Melbourne Cup but the prob -
lem is that if he keeps on winning, he’ll get a
big weight which makes it tough against some
of the world’s best stayers. ”
It’s a nice problem to have.
But it’s not out of the question, says Terry.
“We’re going up to Sydney for the BMW at
Randwick on the 25th, providing he recovers
well and then we’ll wait and see. ”
The daunting task of taking on boom mare
Winx in this year’s Cox Plate could also be on
the drawing board, who knows.
For now though, its back to work for Terry,
possibly with a trip up to Gelantipy for the
Annual Calf and Weaner Sale next Monday,
March 21 but he’s bound to be casting for-
ward to what might happen next with Humi-
“I t’s unbelievable really but we’re having a
lot of fun,” he said this week.
It was almost too much fun for one day
when Kenedna loomed up in Race Five at
Flemington, before holding on for a gallant
third... even that would be enough for many
hard-bitten racehorse owners.
That’s former Leongatha footballer Mick Johnston left, and local stock agent Terry Gin-
nane, with leading trainer Darren Weir in the centre, holding the Australian Cup they won
at Flemington last Saturday.
Part owner of Australian Cup winner Humi-
dor, Alise Johnston, congratulates winning
jockey Damien Lane after a masterful ride
on the favourite.
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