Master O'Reilly on track for Sydney Cup

Master O'Reilly is heading home to Melbourne today but he is on track to return north for the Sydney Cup.Trainer Danny O'Brien said Master O'Reilly would not start again before the 3200m Cup at Randwick in three weeks.

Master O'Reilly wound up his Cup preparation with a grinding fourth in The BMW over 2400m on a heavy Rosehill track on Saturday.

O'Brien said it was a performance from a horse looking for a longer distance.

"He was off the bridle at the 1200 metres and looked to be struggling. But on the line he was very strong," O'Brien said.

"I think that will do him as far as racing before the Cup. I'm much more concerned about the 57.5kg he has to carry than about his fitness."

O'Brien feels Master O'Reilly will be best suited by returning to his Flemington stable to prepare for the Cup rather than staying in Sydney.

"He only came up to Sydney on Friday. He's not a difficult horse to train but we have him in a routine at home where his usual work rider can be on him each morning," he said.

New Zealander Murray Baker is keen on the Cup chances or Mr Tipsy despite the fact he finished fifth in The BMW.

Mr Tipsy carried 58.5kg under the weight-for-age conditions of The BMW but drops to 51kg in the Cup handicap.

Michael Rodd rode Mr Tipsy in The BMW but cannot make the Cup weight. No rider has been booked.

Like O'Brien, Baker is happy to take Mr Tipsy straight into the Cup.

"He hadn't raced for four and a half weeks going into The BMW. He's had some hard runs in staying races this year and I'm sure he will be right for 3200 metres without another start," Baker said.

"We might nominate him for a race in the next two weeks to keep our options open but I prefer to go straight in at this stage."

The two miles of the Cup holds no fears for Mr Tipsy who ran a game second in the Auckland Cup at Ellerslie early last month.

Fiumicino firmed from $15 to $6.50 equal favouritism with Master O'Reilly after his BMW victory.

Trainer Bart Cummings has confirmed Melbourne Cup winner Viewed will be spelled immediately and not contest the Sydney Cup.

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