Humma stormed home to snatch a head-bobbing victory in the G3 Chairman’s Handicap at Doomben on Saturday.
Humma (7g Iglesia – Blue Lady by Western Symphony) was originally based with Chris Waller before joining Rob Heathcote’s stable. He had won four races at Doomben before breaking through at Listed level in the Toowoomba Cup in March.
“It’s a little unexpected,” Heathcote said. “He’s been disappointing on wet tracks and it was the first time he struck a decent track for a while.”
The win boosted his earnings to $488,730 which is a good return for a horse that failed to make a $60,000 reserve when offered by Kulani Park on behalf of Sherrif Iskander at the 2005 Inglis Classic yearling sale. He is raced by former Socceroos Craig Moore, Scott Chipperfield and Zeljko Kalac and will now head to the Brisbane Cup next month.
Humma is one of four winners for Blue Lady who is now based in New Zealand. She is sister to G3 VATC Sandown Stakes winner Any Rhythm and foaled a Falkirk colt last year.
Humma is by deceased Oaklands Stud sire Iglesia (Last Tycoon) who has sired 262 winners of 727 races at a 59% strike rate.