Big home track hand for O’Brien

Master O'Reilly headlines Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien's strong hand at his home track on Saturday.O'Brien will step out Caulfield Cup winner Master O'Reilly for the first time this spring in the Group 2 Makybe Diva Stakes over 1600m. Regular rider Vlad Duric will take the ride as the Group 1 winner clashes with spring titans Light Fantastic and Weekend Hussler.

"We are looking forward to his return. It looks like he has appreciated the one-run campaign we gave him in the autumn as he has come back really well, and this is lovely race for him to begin his preparation," O'Brien said.

Irish import Alexander of Hales will make his Australian debut in the Bobbie Lewis Quality over 1200m.  The son of Danehill, who has not started for 60 weeks since his second to Coolmore stablemate Soldier of Fortune in the European Classic - the Irish Derby, will be ridden by James Winks in the Group 3 event.

"He is coming along nicely and this is an interesting race for him. We believe he will be at his best around a mile, but a forward showing tomorrow wouldn't surprise me," O'Brien said.

Caulfield and Melbourne Cup aspirants Gallopin and Lords Ransom tackle their second starts of their campaigns in 2000m and 1700m handicaps respectively.

Rounding out O'Brien's big card is Valedictum and Barbaricus. They will line up in the listed Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes over 1400m. Valedictum is coming off a fast-finishing fourth to Racing To Win at Warwick Farm two weeks back, while stablemate Barbaricus enters the race on the back of  his slashing first-up third to emerging star Scenic Blast.

Photo by Bruno Cannatelli

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