Vigor to go West

AFTER scoring in the LMHU Handicap (2040m) yesterday, trainer Danny O'Brien will send promising stayer Vigor to Perth this month in a bid to avenge a narrow defeat in last year's WA Derby.

Stablemate Ballack, who was second in the LMHU Handicap last year, then ran second in the Group 1 WA Derby (2400m) and Vigor ($4 to $3.10) signalled yesterday he was capable of going one better on March 29.

Vigor is the latest of O'Brien's promising stayers by New Zealand-based sire O'Reilly, who also sired his Caulfield Cup winner Master O'Reilly.

Jockey Steven King was impressed by Vigor, who was having just his fourth start. "I committed him early, then I dropped the bullet at the 700m and he answered. On the turn he pricked his ears and I thought 'Oh no, they're going to run him down' but he was just loafing," King said.

by Tim Habel - Herald Sun

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