Vlad very excited about Master

Master O'Reilly thrust jockey Vlad Duric into the limelight last spring and he is hoping the stayer can do it again in the coming months.

Duric enjoyed a successful spring last year which earned the underrated rider some dues, primarily with the Danny O'Brien-trained Master O'Reilly and Wendy Kelly's Bon Hoffa.

But it was Master O'Reilly that put Duric in the spotlight, scoring in the Winning Edge Presentation Stakes and giving the rider his first Group 1 success in the Caulfield Cup.

Master O'Reilly then ran below expectations when eighth in the Melbourne Cup behind Efficient.

The gelding has had only one run since, that being late autumn to keep some condition off when an eye-catching close-up eighth in the Lee Stakes at Morphettville over a mile.

But Duric is looking forward to his spring return and perhaps improving his record in feature staying races.

"It's been an amazing 12 months for me," Duric said. "It's something I can always look back on and I'm hoping the same thing can happen this spring with Master O'Reilly.

"He has developed and really filled out as a racehorse. I'm hoping he can find another length or two and put himself into the Cups for us again. I'm really looking forward to it."

Duric has tried to have a break from racing over the winter and ride sparingly but it didn't stop him scoring a winning double at MooneeValley on Saturday on We Wonder and the ultra-impressive Kaphero.

By Jason Hickson.

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