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

Merriest ready to go in Magic Millions feature

Merriest ready to go in Magic Millions feature
[10 Jan 18] Racing.com caught up with trainer Danny O'Brien to talk about Merriest's chances ahead of the Magic Millions Fillies and Mares feature at the Gold Coast on Saturday.  more...

O'Brien rings in New Year with staying winner

O'Brien rings in New Year with staying winner
[31 Dec 17] Budding stayer Shampion finished 2017 with a bang for trainer Danny O'Brien and owner Jeff Dimery. The daughter of O'Reilly was dominant in her win over 3000m at Warrnambool, coming from back in the field to win drawing away for apprentice jockey Taylor Marshall.  more...

New career awaits The New Boy

New career awaits The New Boy
[30 Dec 17] A Hollywood ending would have been sweet for The New Boy at Sandown on Saturday however, it was more important to his connections that he returned home safe. The nine-year-old was racing for the last time and ran his usual honest race to finish sixth behind Orient Line in the seventh race of the day.   more...