Master to use Orr Stakes as a springboard

As his stablemates Barbaricus and Valedictum settle into Dubai, veteran stayer Master O’Reilly is preparing at home for a campaign that is aimed at culminating in the UAE.

The 2007 Caulfield Cup winner will start his autumn campaign this Saturday in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield with the Australian Cup at Flemington and the $US5 million Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba on the agenda for the six-year-old.

Trainer Danny O’Brien is excited about the upcoming campaign with the Group 1 winner.

“His efforts during the spring were very good and he was racing well enough to win a big race if he had more luck,” O’Brien said.

Despite not winning during the spring Master O’Reilly earned $395,000 for his five-race campaign. That preparation included a fast finishing, unlucky fourth in the Melbourne Cup and a close second in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes.

“He did well during his the break after the Cup, he looks terrific and is enjoying his work which is important with an older horse,” O’Brien said.

“The 1400m will probably be too short for him this week, however we be looking for him to be hitting the line hard and showing us he is on track for the bigger races we have in mind for him in the autumn.”

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