Mr O’Ceirin may be scratched from Thursdays Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) after drawing the outside barrier of the nineteen horse field.
The Postponed gelding was considered one of the leading chances for the feature race of the Grafton Festival but will face a tough assignment jumping from barrier sixteen after the emergencies are removed from the field.
Trainer Ciaron Maher was clearly disappointed with the draw and said he would assess whether to run the Caulfield Cup hopeful in the lead-up to the race.
“I’m still doing the form, it’s not ideal,” Maher told TVN.
“The horse is already in Sydney, but we will make that decision in the next couple of days.”
Joseph Pride-trained Destiny’s Kiss also received little help in the barrier draw and will jump from barrier fourteen.
The diminutive gelding recorded a career best victory in the Listed Winter Cup (2400m) at Rosehill last Monday and is considered by many racing experts to be a stayer on the rise.
The other fancied chances had more luck in the barrier draw with last start Caloundra Cup winner Zennista set to jump from barrier eight.
The New Zealand-trained mare was very impressive during the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival and trainer Lisa Latta is hoping she can record another victory on the way to the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
“I have never been to Grafton but I have heard a lot about the carnival,” Latta said.
“We will turn her out for two or three weeks and then get her ready for Melbourne.
“It would be good if she could make the big Cups but there are plenty of other options for her during the spring.”
Peter Moody-trained Voila Ici drew barrier ten while the inconsistent Peal of Bells will jump from gate four.