Vigor on the brink

Despite Vigor's game effort, his third placing in the Caulfield Cup did nothing to help his cause of making the Melbourne Cup field.

There are 10 races that exempt the winner from a Melbourne Cup ballot, so it seems extraordinary that the third placegetter may miss out on a run at Flemington 17 days later after running so bravely - from barrier 18 - in the traditional lead-up race.

Vigor was 34th in line to make the 24-horse Melbourne Cup field before the Caulfield Cup - and still is.

Trainer Danny O'Brien said yesterday that he would not run the horse before then.

''He's not the sort of horse that you can back up quickly so we'll sit back and take our chances,'' he said.

''It'd be great if he could squeeze in as he's got an amazing Flemington record and he's obviously going very well. But what will be, will be.''

O'Brien's 2007 Caulfield Cup winner Master O'Reilly, who finished strongly for sixth on Saturday, will have his next run in the Melbourne Cup.

''He ran so well [when fourth] in the race last year and he's going every bit as well now.''

To view full Age story click here

Photo by Bruno Cannatelli, to view Bruno's website click here

Summer ain't over yet

Summer ain't over yet
[07 Mar 18] It has been some summer for trainer Danny O'Brien's hot filly Summer Sham, and Saturday's Group 2 TAB Kewney Stakes (1400m) will in some ways be a litmus test to see how long they push on with her in the autumn.   more...

In-form Sacred Sham has sights set on Flemington

In-form Sacred Sham has sights set on Flemington
[28 Feb 18] A dominant performance at Bendigo on Wednesday has trainer Danny O'Brien confident Sacred Sham can score his first city win next time out at Flemington.   more...

Barnstorming finish secures black-type for Lady

Barnstorming finish secures black-type for Lady
[26 Feb 18] Berkshire Lady gained valuable black-type for her pedigree with a barnstorming finish to claim third in the Tasmania Oaks at Launceston on Sunday.   more...