Brown gets some luck and snares Vigor Cup ride

After it appeared his Caulfield Cup prospects were again fading, jockey Corey Brown will now ride one-time favourite Vigor in Saturday's $2.5 million race.

Brown had been booked to ride Shocking but as he was lamenting that the four-year-old was unlikely to make the final field of 18 when acceptances are taken this morning, trainer Danny O'Brien offered him the ride on Vigor.

''I thought it best to take the ride on Vigor, which is guaranteed a start, rather than to sit a $2.5 million race out in the jockeys' room,'' Brown said yesterday.

''Vigor has been one of the favourites for the race for some time now and overall his form has been great. Now all we are looking for is a good draw as he is in with a good weight of just 51 [kilograms].''

Vigor is equal third favourite at $8.50 after failing when carrying a much higher weight at his latest start in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.

Brown has a moderate record in the Caulfield Cup to date. From his six rides, his best placing has been a fourth in 2001 on Hill Of Grace.

O'Brien said yesterday that he and Brown had shared a deal of success when the jockey was based in Victoria. ''He rode a double for me on the final day of the carnival a few years ago,'' he said.

''Obviously I'm very pleased to have been able to get a jockey of his quality who can ride at 51 kilograms after Craig [Williams] was unavailable.''

Williams yesterday pleaded to the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board that the interference he had caused on Maldivian in the run to the first turn in the Turnbull Stakes was 80 per cent due to pressure his horse was feeling from rival runner Red Lord, who was ridden by Glen Boss.

He said after his appeal was dismissed that he thought he had a good case to have four days shaved off his original penalty of 10 meetings. ''I got a fair hearing but it just didn't go my way,'' he said.

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Photo by Jenny Evans

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