Mixed emotions, but Cup desire burns strong

Yesterday’s Emirates Melbourne Cup was a race of mixed emotions for Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien, however he is confident he is a step closer to achieving his dream of winning the race that stops a nation.

O’Brien saddled up three runners in the Group 1 feature with Master O’Reilly finishing a closing fourth after being held up at a crucial stage of the race.

Mackinnon Stakes runner-up Barbaricus failed to the stay the trip, while Moonee Valley Cup winner Gallopin had breathing issues and was retired from the race by jockey James Winks on the home turn.

“Master O’Reilly’s effort was terrific and who knows how close he would have got to the winner if he didn’t have tired horses getting in his way at the 600m,” O’Brien said.

“Barbaricus had a tough run up near the front as the Coolmore horses went so hard. I can’t figure out what those three were doing out in front. It was the most extraordinary race I have ever seen.

“Gallopin choked down and had to be pulled out of the race, which is disappointing for everybody involved with the horse.”

O’Brien joined the racing fraternity heaping praise on Cups King Bart Cummings, who won his 12th Melbourne Cup with Viewed in yesterday's race.

“Bart’s just too good. He has done it time and time again.”

Having secured his best finish in the Cup, O’Brien is already planning future assaults on the great race.

“We are getting closer, we know we are on the right track and we plan to be back again next year having a crack at the race.”