Master O'Reilly is out to break drought in Classic

Master O'Reilly has been confirmed as a starter in the Group 2 Sandown Classic on Saturday as he tries to end a frustrating two-year losing sequence.

Trainer Danny O'Brien said Master O'Reilly has come through his Melbourne Cup fourth placing without any physical issues.

The gelding was disadvantaged by a slow pace but finished less than four lengths from the winner Shocking.

"The only good news to come out of the Cup was that he didn't have a hard run," O'Brien said. "It basically was a sprint home in the final 600m.

"It was a good effort and probably it's fair to say he would have gone close to winning if the tempo had been more like a normal Cup.

"I plan to run him at Sandown and then start looking towards a fourth Melbourne Cup start. He's only seven and in great form and condition. I think he could easily get to a fourth Cup and maybe even a fifth the way he is shaping at the moment."

Master O'Reilly, who has not won since the Caulfield Cup in 2007, will be ridden by Nash Rawiller in Saturday's 2400m feature.

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

Photo by Herald Sun photographer Jay Town

Classy filly breaks maiden at Geelong

Classy filly breaks maiden at Geelong
[16 Sep 18] Thousand Wishes showed she has a nice future with a classy win at Geelong on Sunday.  more...

Dawn Rising

Dawn Rising
[07 Sep 18] Stepping out for the first-time as a three-year-old, Daily At Dawn produced the best performance of her five start career, breaking her maiden status at Geelong on Friday.   more...

Merriest fires again second-up at the Valley

Merriest fires again second-up at the Valley
[25 Aug 18] Merriest has added to an already impressive second-up record with a determined victory at Moonee Valley. The Danny O’Brien-trained mare took her record to four wins from five attempts when second-up from a spell with the win.  more...