No win, but boss happy with Master

THE return to racing of Caulfield Cup winner Master O'Reilly in Adelaide yesterday was, in the circumstances, all that trainer Danny O'Brien could have hoped for.

Master O'Reilly, ridden by Vlad Duric, finished hot on the heels of the placegetters in the $170,000 Gerard Corp R. A. Lee Stakes (1600 metres). O'Brien, who watched the race on television at Caulfield, said he was surprised there was no pace on in the middle stages.

"They seemed to be running it like a mile-and-a-half race so I was happy with the way he (Master O'Reilly) went," he said.

O'Brien said the five-year-old would now have another three or so weeks in the paddock before starting his preparation for the Caulfield and Melbourne cups.

"He's done the grounding now for his spring campaign and he will have his next start in the Craiglee Stakes (in September)," O'Brien said. The race was won by Autumn Jeuney from Goin to Jackson and Peacemaker. The favourite Skiddaw Peak weakened after leading.

By Tony Bourke - The Age

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