O'Reilly cameo part of Cups campaign

CAULFIELD Cup winner Master O'Reilly will make a cameo return to racing in Adelaide tomorrow.

Then it's back to the paddock for three weeks at Kelvin Bourke's Drysdale property before embarking on another Caulfield and Melbourne Cup campaign.

It's all part of a grand plan by Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien to ensure a long career at the top level for Master O'Reilly.

The O'Reilly five-year-old spent 12 weeks at Cliff Brown's Narbethong property after his Melbourne Cup eighth before three months of preparation leading in to tomorrow's Group 3 Gerard Corporation Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville.

TAB Sportsbet has installed Master O'Reilly, who carries the maximum 58kg topweight, at $8, with Skiddaw Peak and Still Me equal favourites at $4.20.

Master O'Reilly began last spring with a first-up 1600m second to Rubiscent at Caulfield and O'Brien is expecting something similar tomorrow.

"I'm very pleased with him. He's had two trials. His best distance is 2400m but I'm expecting him to be hitting the line well," he said.

But O'Brien is thinking beyond tomorrow. The fleeting autumn appearance is aimed at ensuring Master O'Reilly's longevity.

"We want him to have a long career. There was only time to give him a three-week spell after the spring and there's not much around in the autumn for stayers," he said.

"The prizemoney for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups is massive, so it makes sense to have him at his best in the spring."

O'Brien has already earmarked the Makybe Diva Stakes (formerly Craiglee) over 1600m as Master O'Reilly first-up spring run.

By Tim Habel - Herald Sun

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