O'Brien still hopeful of Cup success

Danny O'Brien didn't have a great day on Saturday but has not given up hope on another Caulfield Cup success.

The morning started badly when O'Brien discovered his 2007 Caulfield Cup winner Master O'Reilly had left some feed overnight and was found to be running an elevated temperature.

O'Brien was forced to scratch Master O'Reilly from a key Cup lead-up run in the Turnbull Stakes. He still had the favourite Vigor in the Turnbull and was coinfident the five-year-old would acquit himself well.

However, Vigor, pictured winning the Makybe Diva Stakes above, ended the day on another sour note by finishing third last, more than eight lengths from the winner Efficient.

"Master O'Reilly seems much better. I'm confident he will be right to run in the Caulfield Stakes next Saturday and back up in the Cup the following week," O'Brien said.

"It's not a great setback for him. If we can get him up for the Caulfield Stakes he could be pretty much at his best for the Cup.

"Vigor did strike some early trouble in the Turnbull but I'd have to say he was disappointing. It's not the ideal final lead-up to the Cup. But I'm not going to panic. I do feel he isn't comfortable racing cramped up on the fence."

"We'll go forward on him in the Cup, perhaps even sit outside the leader. When he won the Makybe Diva three starts back he was trapped wide from a bad barrier so there is a lesson to be taken from there."

Story by Bart Sinclair, to view Courier Mail full story click here

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

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