O'Reilly Poised For Ipswich Auction Breakthrough

YAMANTO owner-trainer Peter O'Reilly has twice run second in the Ipswich Auction Final (520m) and is hoping this Saturday night brings about a change of luck.

David Brasch

17 September 2020

YAMANTO owner-trainer Peter O’Reilly has twice run second in the Ipswich Auction Final (520m) and is hoping this Saturday night brings about a change of luck.

O’Reilly goes into the final with likely hot favourite Flying Jet (Fernando Bale-Aeroplane Cindy).

He has drawn the eight box which suits O’Reilly after the dog led throughout to win his semi-final on Saturday night in a quick 30.55, easily the fastest of the two semis.

Serena Lawrence’s Bonus Only (Head Bound-Cardwell) ran 30.88 to win its semi-final coming from well back early.

O’Reilly has twice finished second in the Auction final, with Shakey Diesel and Drop Jaw.

“Yes, my bloke went good,” said O’Reilly of Flying Jet’s performance to down Terror Turtle and Head Bairn.

“The eight box suits him if he keeps jumping like he has been doing. He will go straight out of the boxes.

“My worry is if the one and the two, who can get out of a box, drift off at the first turn while he’s trying to come down to the rail.”

O’Reilly undertook a breeding deal with dam Aeroplane Cindy a daughter of champions Brett Lee and Cindeen Shelby.

Flying Jet is the best and he has already been third in a Vince Curry Maiden and a finalist in an Ipswich Young Guns.

O’Reilly says the dog will stay at Ipswich for the up-coming Derby series then head back to Albion Park.

“He is really going to the next level at the moment,” said O’Reilly.

Serena Lawrence will have three finalists including the other semi winner Bonus Only who downed Rio Valiente and Double Return.

Lawrence’s other finalists are Head Bairn and Ringbark Jen.

Flying Jet was drawn in the heats of the Bundaberg Derby on Monday.

After the Auction semi win on Saturday night, trainer Peter O’Reilly sought and was given permission to scratch the dog without penalty from Bundaberg to save him for the Auction final at Ipswich next weekend.

Auction final (box draw): 1 Double Return, 2 Daniel’s Loss, 3 Rio Valiente, 4 Head Bairn, 5 Bonus Only, 6 Ringbark Jen, 7 Terror Turtle, 8 Flying Jet. Reserves: 9 We Get It, 10 Minie Jojo.