Stars return to Flemington

Cup contenders Master O'Reilly and Vigor have returned to Danny O'Brien's Flemington stables as they begin the long road to the feature spring races.

Caulfield Cup winner Master O'Reilly failed to win a race this season, but still earned more than $500,000 with his season highlights including second in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes and closing fourths in the Melbourne Cup and the BMW in Sydney.

"Master O'Reilly is in great shape for an older horse and he will once again race at the highest level throughout the spring," O'Brien said.

"With a bit more luck than last year he could have had a super spring so we will be looking for him to be a major player once again."

Rising five-year-old Vigor, pictured above, built an imposing record with five consecutive metropolitan victories ranging from 1600-2500m last spring and summer before running a slashing second in his autumn cameo appearance.

"Vigor's rise through his classes from late spring through summer was very impressive and he has come back after an autumn run in stunning order," O'Brien

"If he can continue his improvement we are confident he can be a key figure in the cups."

The two stayers are joined at O'Brien's stables by classy New Zealand acquisitions Our Cannavaro, who is on a cups campaign also, and miler Rios.

O'Brien's other stable stars Douro Valley, Absolut Glam, Keano and Ballack are enjoying spells after Queensland winter campaigns and will all return to full-training in the coming weeks.

Photo by Bruno Cannatelli, to view Bruno's website click here

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