Punters back Master O'Reilly in Sydney Cup

Master O'Reilly has firmed to outright favourite for the Sydney Cup at Royal Randwick this Saturday.

The Danny O'Brien-trained stayer (pictured) was tied at the top of the market with Fiumicino but has firmed half a point to $6.50, ahead of the BMW winner.

"There has been good support for both runners since Saturday but money is running 2/1 in favour of Master O'Reilly compared with Fiumicino," a TAB Sportsbet representative said.

Master O'Reilly has improved with each run this preparation and O'Brien said he was pleased with the progress of his 2007 Caulfield Cup winner.

"I am pretty happy with where he is at," he said.

"I think his form going into the Sydney Cup is quite good. He didn't really handle the conditions in the BMW and still ran a nice race. I took him to Sandown last Saturday and gave him a good solid hitout, which will have him spot-on for the two miles."

Master O'Reilly finished fourth to Viewed in the Melbourne Cup last year.

"The Sydney Cup is nowhere near as strong as the Melbourne Cup, so with that in mind I am expecting him to run well," O'Brien said.

"The only really negative with him is that he has to carry 57.5kg, which is 2.5kg more than he did in the Melbourne Cup."

By Brent Zerafa, to view full Daily Telegraph story click here

Photo by Colleen Petch, to view Herald Sun racing website click here

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