Rematch For Smart Sprinters In Goodwood

There's been a lot of water under the bridge since but trainer Danny O'Brien is hoping to get one back on Here De Angels with Immortality in tomorrow's Group 1 Distinctive Homes Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.

At the start of the 2006/2007 O'Brien took a raw Immortality to Cranbourne to make his debut in a 1000m maiden, believing he had a handy type on his hands.

He ran a good race, finishing second, but was no match for a precocious Here De Angels, also making his debut, who led throughout for a four length win.

Both horses have raced 12 times each since and return almost two years down the track to clash in tomorrow's feature 1200m sprint.

Here De Angels, with seven wins since that initial success, is rated a $6.00 equal favourite with Publishing for the race while Immortality, drawing one of the outside gates, is at $11.00.

But the stable are hoping they can bridge the gap on their better performed rival and record their fourth South Australian Group 1 win.

"We've always had a good opinion of Immortality and he's putting it together now," Racing Manager Aaron Corby said.

"He went really well to win first-up in stakes grade and we've been keen to give him his chance in this race.

"He has drawn very wide but James Winks knows him better than anyone and the ride will be left up to him. If he flies the gates he may be in front but if a few want to go hard, which does often happen in this, he can sit just off them."

The stable will also saddle up Vigor in the Group 1 AV Jennings/Urban Pacific SA Derby and are confident the son of O'Reilly will relish the longer journey.

After a career worst performance over 2000m at Caulfield two starts back he turned in a solid run when just beaten there last start.

"He was set for the WA Derby but after his poor run two starts ago we decided to keep him at home and see him again," Corby said. "We couldn't find anything wrong and he went well last start.

"Zarita is the one to beat but Vigor is the sort of horse we had earmarked for this journey very early on and he gets his chance."

In the Group 3 Feltex Carpets SA Oaks Cape South gets the chance to also prove herself over a trip.

The former Cliff Brown-trained filly, by Cape Cross, was a last start provincial winner but like Vigor will appreciate a longer trip.

"It was a really strong win in slow ground at Cranbourne. She's got ability and we expect the trip will suit."

Aside from a few runners in their home state at Moonee Valley, Pins On Parade tackles the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill tomorrow where he tackles a very tough line-up.

by Jason Hickson - RacingandSports.com.au

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