Queue gathers for Vigor Caulfield Cup ride

Four-time Scobie Breasley medallist Craig Williams is at the head of the queue to ride Caulfield Cup favourite Vigor in the $2.5 million race.

Williams, along with Corey Brown, is a natural lightweight who has no problem riding Vigor at his allotted 51kg.

Trainer Danny O'Brien said he did not want a jockey who could not make Vigor's weight and therefore lose any of the decided weight advantage Vigor enjoyed.

Damien Oliver, the jockey of choice for O'Brien and who partnered Vigor when he carried 59kg to win the Makybe Diva Stakes, rarely rides below 53kg.

O'Brien said he did not regard searching for a jockey as an ordeal.

"I've spoken to Craig (Williams) and I know Corey (Brown) can do 51kg," O'Brien said. "I don't want him to carry any more than 51kg. We've got 51kg, we'll have to use it."

O'Brien noted that six jockeys - Oliver, Stephen Baster, Glen Boss, Danny Nikolic, Steven King and Jamie Mott - had won on Vigor. He said Vigor was not a difficult horse to ride.

"Last spring we virtually had a different rider and kept getting the same result. The horse is a winner," he said.

O'Brien said Vigor pulled up "super" despite a tough Makybe Diva run. The horse will now head to the Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on September 21.

Vigor's sixth behind Zarita in the South Australian Derby, when very green and inexperienced, set in motion plans for a crack at the 2009 spring.

"In the back of my mind I thought he might be a Cups horse in 18 months. We tested him through those races last spring and summer," O'Brien said.

"It was just the way he kept doing things, he was so relaxed and doing them so easily. "

When Vigor won the Bagot Handicap, his first start at 2500m, on New Year's Day, O'Brien put the spring plan in action - a cameo appearance in late April - and then basically a weight-for-age campaign leading into the Cup.

O'Brien knew Vigor had to win a good race, rolled the dice in the Makybe Diva Stakes and hit the jackpot.

By Adrian Dunn, to view full Herald-Sun story click here

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