Seven-day back-up no problem for Master O'Reilly

EMERGING stayer Master O'Reilly will join stablemate Douro Valley in Saturday's Caulfield Cup after trainer Danny O'Brien confirmed the Winning Edge winner would back up in the $2.5 million Group 1 race.

O'Brien said there was no issue with Master O'Reilly backing up in seven days as he had performed well in a similar turnaround.

He said Master O'Reilly had not been punished by jockey Vlad Duric in Saturday's 2400m Winning Edge Stakes.

"We were pretty happy to qualify for the Caulfield Cup and Vlad was kind to him when he had it won," O'Brien said.

"Zavite (the runner-up) really put it together with the blinkers on and what should not be forgotten is that it was five lengths to third. If you had said before the race that we were going to beat Dolphin Jo and Reggie by 5 1/2 lengths then I would be taking that all day.

"He's pulled up really well. He will definitely run in the Caulfield Cup and he'll run well."

Eskander's Betstar has shortened Master O'Reilly from $13 to $8 in the Caulfield Cup and tightened him from $14 to $8 in the Melbourne Cup. TAB Sportsbet trimmed Master O'Reilly to $8.50 in both Cups.

O'Brien reaffirmed that Duric would ride Master O'Reilly, who drops from 53.5kg to 50.5kg in the Caulfield Cup after weights are raised 0.5kg.

Master O'Reilly can't be rehandicapped for the Caulfield Cup, but Racing Victoria Limited chief handicapper Greg Carpenter will announce today a rehandicap for the Melbourne Cup.

O'Brien's big week kicks off with Absolut Glam, a luckless placegetter in the Edward Manifold, in the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on Wednesday. "Her work on Saturday morning was outstanding," O'Brien said.

Douro Valley, the last horse to beat Maldivian, heads into the Caulfield Cup off a fast-closing fourth in the Turnbull.

O'Brien said Douro Valley, to be ridden by James Winks, had produced his best track gallop at Flemington on Saturday.

And to complete a big weekend, O'Brien's Victoria Derby favourite Villain contests the Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at the Caulfield Cup meeting.

"We've got some horses really primed to run well over the next two days of the Caulfield carnival," O'Brien said.

by Adrian Dunn - Herald Sun

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