The Group 3 Easter Cup was won by Robert Smerdon’s five-year-old Paddy O’Reilly at Caulfield Racecourse last Saturday April 23, 2011.
Ridden by apprentice jockey Jason Maskiell, Paddy O’Reilly did not run the way his trainer Robert Smerdon had hoped after he failed to jump well.
“Our intention was to be one of the leaders as there was not a lot of speed in the race, but Jason (Maskiell) showed the attributes of a good jockey and summed it up and reassessed to ride his own race,” Smerdon said.
The lightly raced Paddy O’Reilly joined Robert Smerdon’s stable as a rising four-year-old and has since been plagued with injury.
“He was a really nice three-year-old but probably lacked a bit of maturity and had a few soundness issues,” Smerdon said.
“He had two lay-offs. He had a good spell and then when he came back into work he got halfway into a preparation and chipped a fetlock, underwent surgery and then went out again.
“He took a little while to get back, but with the O’Reilly breed it doesn’t hurt them.”
Paddy O’Reilly will now be sent for a spell as opposed to competing in the upcoming Brisbane Winter Racing Carnval.
“We thought the Albury Cup might stop him but he pulled up really well,” Smerdon said.
“Now he has won this we will give a break and see what he can measure to up to in the spring.
“I think he is probably a good-class country Cup horse.”
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2011 Easter Cup Race Results
|1||8||PADDY O’REILLY (NZ)||Robert Smerdon||Jason Maskiell (a)||–||5||54.5kg||$8.50|
|2||3||FANJURA (IRE)||Lee Freedman||Noel Callow||0.1L||4||56.5kg||$9|
|3||4||LAUNAY||Peter Snowden||Mark Zahra||1.35L||8||56.5kg||$11|
|4||2||SPACECRAFT||Mick Price||Craig Newitt||2.1L||3||57.5kg||$9|
|5||6||WIND SHEAR||Dale Sutton||Stephen Baster||2.3L||7||55.5kg||$41|
|6||15||DE FINE LAGO||Tony Vasil||Jason Benbow||2.5L||9||53.5kg||$19|
|7||11||KUTCHINSKY||Tony Noonan||Jake Noonan (a)||2.6L||13||54kg||$6F|
|8||10||EXTRA ZERO||David Hayes||James Winks||2.7L||2||54kg (cd 54.5kg)||$14|
|9||7||ZOOMIN (NZ)||Michael Kent||Dean Yendall||4.2L||12||55.5kg||$41|
|10||1||LUEN YAT FOREVER||Peter G Moody||Steven Arnold||4.7L||6||58kg||$11|
|11||13||NIBLICK||Robert Hickmott||Michael Walker||4.8L||11||53.5kg||$9|
|12||5||FIELD HUNTER||Darren Weir||Ben Melham||6.05L||14||56kg||$31|
|13||16||ABITOFADO (NZ)||Michael Moroney||Ms Lisa Cropp||6.25L||15||53.5kg||$81|
|14||14||BELGIETTO||Peter Gelagotis||Chris Symons||7.5L||10||53.5kg||$20|
|15||12||SHAMOLINE WARRIOR||Mark Kavanagh||Billy Egan (a)||22.5L||1||54kg||$7.50|