Oaks on agenda after O'Brien filly bolts in


A Victorian Oaks campaign is on the agenda for Donna Cattiva after a victory in the Listed Adelaide Casino Oaklands Plate at Morphettville on Saturday.
Danny O'Brien's progressive two-year-old made light work of her rivals, sitting just off the speed before peeling out in the straight and cruising away for an easy win in the $80,000 event.

Eased down late by Dwayne Dunn, Donna Cattiva beat Anthony Freedman's Chosen Moment by four lengths, with Monica Kate a further three lengths back in third.

It was her first win in five starts and the Flemington trainer believes the step up to 1600m made the difference.

"She's a filly that's always shown us a bit and just hasn't been suited by the distances she's been in so far," O'Brien said.

"She really appreciated the step up to a mile today, always travelled well and was strong late - good signs for where she'll get to as a three-year-old."

O'Brien has high hopes for the Captain Rio filly, who will now be set for the 2500m Group 1 classic.

"That was her first real test today and you'd have to say she passed it," he said.

Story by Tom Biddington at Morphettville for Herald Sun, to view full story click here

Photo by Terry Hann of Atkins Photography, to view website click here

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