News About Vigor

O’Brien Looses Vigor Ahead of 2011 Melbourne Cup

O’Brien Looses Vigor Ahead of 2011 Melbourne Cup

Successful Flemington-based trainer Danny O’Brien yesterday announced the retirement of his seven-year-old gelding Vigor who was being prepared for a 2011 Melbourne Cup bid.

Shamrocker is the early favourite to win the 2011 Melbourne Cup for trainer Danny O'Brien

O’Brien, however, still has a genuine chance of preparing his maiden Melbourne Cup winner with his dual Classics winning mare Shamrocker...

Danny O’Brien Has His Vigor Back

Danny O’Brien Has His Vigor Back

Vigor will resume in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield

Danny O’Brien is confident that his former Group One placegetter Vigor can make a successful return to the track when he resumes his racing career in the Group Two Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield next month.

O’Brien had hoped to bring the gelding back into action for the Sydney autumn ...

2011 Australian Cup First Declarations Leave 35 in Contention

2011 Australian Cup First Declarations Leave 35 in Contention

Today the list of horses vying for a spot in the 2011 Australian Cup field was cut from 63 at nomination stage to 35 with the release of the Australian Cup First Declarations.

The $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) is one of the two headline races at Flemington’s Super Saturday of Racing on March 12.

Three horses are ...

Australia Stakes 2011 Nominations

Australia Stakes 2011 Nominations

Nominations for the 2011 Australia Stakes, the opening Group race of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival, were released today with 13 sprinters heading towards the Group 2 feature set to run at Moonee Valley Racecourse on Friday January 28, 2011.

The $200,000 Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) is the headline event at Moonee Valley’s twilight race night next ...

Shocking Defeats Heart Of Dreams To Win 2010 Makybe Diva Stakes

Shocking Defeats Heart Of Dreams To Win 2010 Makybe Diva Stakes

Shocking reaffirmed his potential to become a back-to-back Melbourne Cup winner after defeating a quality field in the Group Two Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) on Saturday.

The four-year-old improved on his first up seventh in the Group Two JJ Liston Stakes (1400m) last month, and paid well to punters who tried to compare odds prior to the jump.

Trainer Mark ...

2010 Australian Cup Nominations – Shocking & Viewed Head Betting Markets

2010 Australian Cup Nominations – Shocking & Viewed Head Betting Markets

This week nominations were taken and the early betting markets opened for the 2010 $1 million Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m), the highly anticipated weight-for-age event held at the famous Flemington racecourse on March 6 as part of the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival.

There were some surprise absentees from the list of 46 nominees including the Mark Kavanagh-trained ...

2009 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw – Vigor Misses Out

2009 Melbourne Cup Final Field & Barrier Draw – Vigor Misses Out

The final field and barrier draw for the 2009 Group 1 $5.65million Melbourne Cup next Tuesday was announced tonight following a sensational day of elite victories and a few upsets at Flemington at the AAMI Victoria Derby Day.

Much controversy surrounded Danny O’Brien-trained Vigor and whether the Racing Victoria committee would use its discretion to include the runner into the ...

Efficient, Kirklees Scratched From Melbourne Cup

Efficient, Kirklees Scratched From Melbourne Cup

Past winner Efficient and Godolphin import Kirklees will not be running in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.

Kirklees’ trainer, Saeed bin Suroor made the decision at Sandown this morning as he was not satisfied with the condition of the six year old.

Kirklees will now return to Dubai to prepare for the international carnival in March.

At 9am this morning, Efficient’s ...

Vigor Will Run Mackinnon Stakes

Vigor Will Run Mackinnon Stakes

Prolific trainer Danny O’Brien has decided to run Vigor in the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington this Saturday.

Despite not wanting to race the five-year-old this close to the illustrious Melbourne Cup next Tuesday, O’Brien has been left with no other choice to gain the O’Reilly gelding an assured start in the famous Flemington feature.

The decision was made ...

Vigor One Step Closer To Melbourne Cup

Vigor One Step Closer To Melbourne Cup

Vigor is one step closer to securing his position in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup after two Bendigo Cup runners are likely to withdraw.

Kiwi stayers Gallions Reach and Capecover are unlikely to run in the Melbourne Cup after disappointing runs in yesterday’s Bendigo Cup.

Gallions Reach ran himself out to finish a close fifth however his trainer Richard Yuill stated ...