Big spring plans for classy Lady

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien has big spring plans in mind for last start group winner Fifth Avenue Lady.

The five-year-old will be shooting for a metropolitan hat-trick when she returns to racing on Saturday, but O'Brien is eyeing mares' group racing over the spring carnival as her main aim.

"We are looking for her to continue her upward spiral and improve even further this campaign and she will be aimed at a race like the Myer Classic on Derby Day," O'Brien said.

"She did an excellent job last preparation winning a Group 3 and being placed in a Group 2 and she has returned in terrific order."

The Gerry Harvey-owned mare begins her spring campaign in the 1100m open handicap at Caulfield this weekend and will be partnered by star jockey Damien Oliver.

Oliver has teamed with Fifth Avenue Lady for her past two wins including a last start victory in the Group 3 Patinack Farm Stakes at Flemington in March.

During her autumn campaign, the Encosta De Lago mare built an imposing record taking her career victories to six from 17 starts and pushing her career stake earnings close to $300,000.

O'Brien is looking for her to be very competitive first-up on the weekend.

"Although her career to date tells us that this race is short of her best distance, she is in terrific order and a bold showing on Saturday would not surprise."

Photo by Quentin J Lang

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