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Master O'Reilly Prepares For 4th Melb Cup Campaign
Veteran stayer Master O'Reilly has begun a campaign aimed at a 4th consecutive appearance in the Melbourne Cup. The rising 8YO (8th in 2007, 4th in 2008 & 4th again in 2009) has begun pre-training for the Danny O'Brien stable, but assistant trainer Gerard Tesoriero noted this year's campaign "will be light on appearances compared to previous years. He's begun pre-training on the water walker at Matthew Feiss' property at Woodstock to start building up his fitness. There's a bit of management involved with him, so we like to build up us much fitness without putting him under saddle. He'll spend about 4 weeks on the water walker before he heads to either our Barwon Heads property or here to Flemington to continue building his fitness base. Our goal is certainly another Melbourne Cup start, but he won't be seen until later in the spring because we'll manage his workload. The horse did a fair bit of work on a high speed treadmill here at Flemington last year & we'll be training him very similar this year." Master O'Reilly has raced exclusively in Group or Listed company at his past 25 appearances & amassed almost $3 million earnings in his 40-start career.