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 Australian Racing News 
Saturday, April 22 2017

Trainer Danny O'Brien has his sights set on a Group One race with three-year-old filly Toffee Nose after her victory against older horses at Caulfield today.

Toffee Nose raced to a comprehensive victory in the VOBIS Gold Heath (2000m), confirming O'Brien's plans for the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville on May 6.

O'Brien explained the Group One race in Adelaide had been his aim since Toffee Nose fhad inished fourth in the Wakeful Stakes at Flemington last spring.

"She ran very well in the Wakeful but it was her first racing prep and we thought it was a bit much to go to the (Victoria) Oaks," O'Brien said. "We put her away with Adelaide in mind and this race fitted in nicely.

"Going to the 2000 metres today will have her spot on for two weeks time."

Ridden by Damian Lane, Toffee Nose ($5) scored by a length from the $2.80 favourite Ruthven with Tarquin ($11) a length and a quarter away third.

O'Brien said he had trained Toffee Nose from his beach property at Barwon Heads this campaign and is looking forward to testing the filly over 2400 metres.

He hasn't ruled out sending the filly to Brisbane for the Queensland Oaks in June.

"She's out of a Galileo mare so there's a huge chance she'll run 2400 metres," O'Brien said. "If she won or ran well in Adelaide then we're more likely to go to the Group One with her in Queensland."

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