Vigor continues winning streak

Rising star Vigor continued on his winning way with his fourth metropolitan victory in succession at Flemington yesterday.

The Danny O'Brien-trained Vigor took out the Byron Moore Open Handicap over 2000m by a length from Acosta with Game Serena further back in third.

The win was a great result for a handful of the connections who also race Vigor’s stablemate Ballack, who ran an encouraging third in the Group 2 Perth Cup later in the day.

Vigor’s outstanding winning streak started at Caulfield on Thousand Guineas day over 1600m and then progressed to Flemington for his past three wins at 1600m (pictured above), 1700m and yesterday’s distance of 2000m.

Yesterday’s win took the son of O’Reilly’s record to 6 wins from 13 starts, soaring his prizemoney to more than $260,000.

Remarkably Vigor has had four different jockeys in the streak with Damien Oliver yesterday joining Danny Nikolic, Glen Boss and Stephen Baster as the four-year-old gelding’s victorious hoops during the streak.

Oliver will team with O’Brien again today as he makes one of his rare appearances at a provincial Friday meeting with three rides at Geelong.

Oliver rides Smashing Pins ($2.50 fav) in race two, Haka ($9) in race four and first-starter Sminker ($11) in race five.

Smashing Pins, a three-year-old gelding and raced by Geelong car dealer Rex Gorell, is rated Oliver's best chance in early betting.

It raced near the lead when second at Bendigo over 1100m on debut in November and followed with a fifth at Moonee Valley when he got well back.

The well-bred Haka looks a strong each-way chance in the Petstock Groom Maiden (1225m) and resumes after a two-month break.

The colt by Danehill Dancer ran fourth in a Showcase maiden on debut at Ballarat and followed with a fifth at Caulfield.

Oliver will round his card wearing the Makybe Diva colours of Tony Santic on Sminker in race five, the Petstock Corio Maiden (1325m).

Sminker is a three-year-old filly by Giant's Causeway and meets an open-aged maiden field on debut.

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