Flemington trainer Danny Oâ€™Brien has confirmed Craig Williams as the Caulfield Cup rider for pre-post Vigor in next monthâ€™sÂ feature.
Vigor will carry 51kg in the Caulfield Cup, the son of Oâ€™Reilly exempt from the Caulfield Cup ballot after winning the Group II Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington.
Speaking at the official launch of the Melbourne spring carnival, Williams said his ability to ride at light weights was the key to securing the mount on Vigor.
â€œBeing able to ride at 51kg puts me in the frame for some good lightweight rides,â€ Williams said.
â€œDanny asked me what I was doing in the Caulfield Cup recently at Sandown and I was only too pleased to ride him.
â€œDannyâ€™s got a great record in the Caulfield Cup. Vigorâ€™s a great horse with no weight and itâ€™s a great ride to have.â€
Oâ€™Brien will run Vigor in Saturdayâ€™s Group II Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington to round off what Oâ€™Brien called an â€œexcellent preparationâ€ for the Caulfield Cup.
â€œEarlier in the spring we had some pressure to get him into the Caulfield Cup,â€ Oâ€™Brien said. â€œHe won the Makybe and got himself a Caulfield Cup start which made life a lot easier.
â€œNow heâ€™s guaranteed a run in the race, all we have to do is make sure we keep his form going on an upward plane.â€
Damien Oliver will ride Vigor in the Turnbull Stakes but has been booked to ride the Luca Cumani-trained Cima De Triomphe in the Caulfield Cup.