Strong finish puts Master in the mix again

Master O'Reilly once again put in a valiant effort in the Melbourne Cup coming from well-back in the field to storm into fourth position yesterday at Flemington.

The race was the seven-year-old's third attempt at the race that stops a nation and his fourth placing, which earned connections $220,000, equalled his 2008 finishing position. At his first attempt in the Cup in 2007, he finished eighth after winning the Caulfield Cup at his previous start.

Trainer Danny O'Brien was pleased with Master O'Reilly's effort in the gruelling two-mile event.

"It was a brave effort, it's a big achievement to run in three Melbourne Cups and every time he has gone around, he's been in the finish," O'Brien said.

Jockey Vlad Duric settled the horse in the back-half of the field from barrier 16 and when the tempo of the race dropped going out of the straight the first time, it was setting the Group 1 winner a massive task to be in the finish.

"He doesn't have that early tactical speed to race handier. We were back a fair way which didn't help, the pace wasn't that strong, but the horse was terrific over the concluding stages," he said.

After the race, O'Brien hinted that Master O'Reilly might be back next year for another crack at the Cup.

"He's a seven-year-old and, after all, there were a couple of nine-year-olds in this one," O'Brien said.

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