A late entry for the 2014 Cox Plate was being touted for Fontein Ruby following her strong Caulfield Classic win on Saturday, but that has since proven not to be the case.
Trainer Robert Smerdon also largely dismissed speculation of a late-entry to the Group 1 AAMI Victoria Derby (2500m) on November 1, opting for the fillies-only Group 2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) instead.
“There was some talk about [a Derby run] yesterday (Saturday) and it is certainly an option we could consider but we’ll probably stick to the fillies and go to the (Crown) Oaks,” Smerdon said to Racing Victoria.
Her performance in the Flemington race will also determine Fontein Ruby’s contention in the Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) on November 6.
Fontein Ruby’s pedigree would suggest a struggle for the filly at 2000m but Smerdon said she continues to answer every challenge he throws her way.
Despite a start from the widest barrier, her spirit prevailed and she fought for the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) win despite Firehouse Rock drawing half-length clear of her inside the final 150 metres.
The three-year-old has so far won three of her four spring campaign starts, including her last two outings.
Crafty, who finished a neck behind Fontein Ruby in the 2014 Caulfield Classic, awarding Smerdon the quinella, is also likely to head to the Oaks but will not get another start beforehand.
“I don’t think she needs another run and a five-day back-up,” Smerdon said.
This fighting pair of fillies will certainly be ones to watch as the spring carnival continues.
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