Spring is in the air

An emerging stayer and classy mare highlight Danny O’Brien’s hand at Caulfield tomorrow as the spring carnival begins to ramp up.

O’Brien will have Cups aspirant Vigor in the 75th Anniversary of the Shrine of Remembrance Handicap (1200m), while classy mare Fifth Avenue Lady is one of the leading chances in the Group 3 Cockram Stakes (1200m).

“Vigor has come back in tremendous order and we are looking forward to getting him back under race conditions,” O’Brien said.

“The 1200m will probably be too short for him first-up, but I expect him to be doing his best work late and it’s the right type of race to kick him off his campaign.”

Vigor shot to prominence by stringing together five consecutive metropolitan victories over the spring and summer last season. Before underlining his rising stocks with a fast, finishing second in the listed Auckland Handicap at Flemington in his only autumn run.

“It promises to be an exciting campaign for Vigor and his owners as he still improving and he will get his chance at some nice races in the coming months.”

The Gerry Harvey-owned Fifth Avenue Lady is second-up tomorrow after just missing the main prize in her return to racing at Caulfield over 1100m on August 1.

“With any luck at the top of the straight last start she wins and on that form we expect her to right in this Group 3 event,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien has bold spring plans for Fifth Avenue Lady, who won the Group 3 Patinack Stakes in March at Flemington in the autumn.

“She is heading towards the top level mares races through the carnival which would include the Myer Classic on Derby Day.”

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