Back with a Vigor
26 July 2011
Danny O’Brien is confident that his former Group One placegetter Vigor (NZ) (O’Reilly) can make a successful return to the track when he resumes his racing career in the G2 Memsie Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield next month.
O’Brien had hoped to bring the O’Reilly gelding back into action for the Sydney autumn carnival, however after he tailed off in the Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley, O’Brien knew something wasn’t right with the horse.
“He had a small growth on in his throat which had to be taken out. It was a minor operation and he has come back really well,” O’Brien said.
“He has been back in the stable a while and is doing well in the early stages of his preparation. He will resume in the Memsie Stakes and we will map out a plan from there.”
Vigor was a star for O’Brien earlier in his career and as a four year old he was able to string together five consecutive wins. However it was in the spring carnival of 2009 that the gelding really made a name for himself. He won the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington, beating home the likes of (2009/10 horse of the year) Typhoon Tracy, St George’s Stakes winner Heart of Dreams and Master O’Reilly.