Earthquake continued her march towards the autumn with a barrier trial at Cranbourne on Thursday, reports Racing Victoria.

Partnered by jockey Chad Schofield, the reigning Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) winner recorded a narrow victory in the second heat of the morning over 800m in 45.82 seconds.

Impressed by the performance, Schofield said the John O’Shea-trained filly appeared on track for a possible first up tilt at the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on February 28. 

“Her trial was impressive. She jumped well, travelled outside the leader and was strong to the line,” Schofield said. 

“She ran a pretty slick time and pulled up without having much of a blow so I’m sure she’s right where the stable wants her.

“She’s a high class horse who seems to have come back really well.”

Godolphin Racing Manager Jason Walsh had previously nominated the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville in April as the likely main target for the three-year-old, who is also nominated for the $1 million Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington in March.

Assistant trainer David Charles said the daughter of Exceed And Excel has made good physical improvement since she was last seen finishing unplaced in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby Day.

“She looks like a fully furnished filly now so that should hopefully stand her in good stead when she takes on the older horses during the autumn carnival.” 

WATCH: Star filly Earthquake's impressive Cranbourne trial over 800m