After a beautiful victory at Moonee Valley over the weekend Caulfield-based horseman Ciaron Maher has announced plans to target the Caulfield Cup 2013 this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with his progressive stayer Mr O’Ceirin.
The New Zealand expat proved they were on track for a big spring campaign when thrashing their fellow competitors by an easy three and a half lengths in the $100,000 Printhouse Graphics Handicap (2040m) on Saturday when ridden to perfection by top jockey Glen Boss.
“That’s the way he races. He pulls and tugs and gets up there and makes his own luck,” Maher said speaking of the effort form the favourite who stormed home on the straight after sititng off the leader early on Saturday.
“It looked like he had a bit on them and that’s how it panned out.”
It was the Postponed five-year-olds’ second run for the season following a credible first-up sixth when beaten under a length by Strawberry Boy over the Caulfield mile last month, and got O’Ceirin’s attention.
Mr O’Ceirin was considered a decent spring chance in the staying majors last year after their close second to Folding Gear in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m).
They failed their next assignment when 13th to Shahwardi in the Group 2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) however, a performance that meant they missed out on a Caulfield Cup run, and further setbacks saw them spend the next seven and a half months out of the racing scene.
Looking back to their best however the consistent galloper will now be set for a testing campaign over the coming months with their main target being the $2.5 million Group 1 BMW Caulfield Cup 92400m) at their home track on October 19.
“He was a bit stiff not to get into the Caulfield Cup last year,” Maher said.
“He had a good run in the Naturalism but just got caught. He might be a bit stronger this year.”
In the pre-nomination Caulfield Cup odds Mr O’Ceirin is a genuine roughie paying $151 despite their good Valley show, markets led by Murray Baker’s ace Kiwi galloper It’s A Dundeel ($7).
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