Prominent Australian jockey Blake Shinn has been confirmed to ride promising Cambridge three-year-old Vigor Winner when he competes at Eagle Farm later this month.
Cambridge trainer Lauren Brennan has confirmed Vigor Winner will make his Australian debut in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic (1400m) on May 25 and is thrilled to have secured the services of Shinn.
“It’s a bit of a coup getting him,” Brennan said. “He’s confirmed for the Fred Best and if the horse goes well we’re hoping he will stick with him.”
Brennan has pencilled in the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 8 as a second Australian start for Vigor Winner, but is playing it one step at a time.
“He’s booked to go over to Brisbane on Sunday morning and at this stage everything is going to plan,” she said. “He came through his Te Rapa run in really good order.
“The Queensland Guineas is a bit closer to the Fred Best than we’d prefer. We’ve been spacing his races, but we’ll just see how he goes first-up over there.”
Vigor Winner sealed the Queensland trip when deadheating for first with Speedy Meady in the Group 3 Cambridge Breeders’ Stakes (1200m) at Te Rapa last start and has created a big impression with three wins and a close second from just four starts.