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.


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