Old boy joining Cup Master-class

Iron-horse Master O’Reilly will today join an elite group of horses when he lines up in his fourth Melbourne Cup.

The eight-year-old O’Reilly gelding has never finished further back than eighth with his three attempts, which includes fourth placings in the past two Cups.

“He has been a grand old horse and he loves the two miles,” trainer Danny O’Brien said.

“One thing I know is that he will still be going strong with a furlong to go and you never know what might happen as many of these horses are on trial at the trip.”

Master O’Reilly is a 300/1 chance following his disappointing Moonee Valley Cup run, however O’Brien says if you can forgive the evergreen stayer one poor performance he is not without a chance of running a place.

“We couldn’t have him in any better shape. He was building up to this race beautifully before his disappointing effort at Moonee Valley, but he is in terrific order and we are expecting him to run well.”

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