Master O'Reilly joins elite bunch


Eight-year-old Master O'Reilly, a $71 chance for Saturday's Caulfield Cup, will join a select band of horses to contest Australia's toughest 2400m race for a fourth time.


Only four others - winners Uncle Sam (1912, 1914), Ming Dynasty (1977, 1980) and Tranquil Star (1942) and Future have run in four Caulfield Cups.


Trainer Danny O'Brien said Master O'Reilly, the 2007 Caulfield Cup winner, was racing as well as ever despite a distant fifth to So You Think in Saturday's Yalumba Stakes.


"I'm very happy with him. When So You Think let go on Saturday he got left, like the others, " he said.


From six starts in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, Master O'Reilly has never finished further back than eighth.


"I just hope he draws well and he can settle a bit closer," O'Brien said. "He's a little behind fitness-wise. He had a joint clean-up in the autumn."

O'Brien said Master O'Reilly was competitive only at 2400m-3200m and was a genuine Melbourne Cup chance. "He ran fourth last year to Shocking and has got a 7kg turnaround this year," he said.


O'Brien said Master O'Reilly was a high maintenance horse.


"His legs are iced twice a day. He gets ultrasound on his back and hamstrings twice a day," he said.


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