Fontiton Leads 2015 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Field

The Robert Smerdon-trained Fontiton leads an exciting field of promising two-year-old fillies that will battle for Blue Diamond Stakes favouritism in Saturday’s Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude 2015 at Caulfield Racecourse.


Blue Diamond Preview winner Fontiton is out to win the Fillies Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

In a precursor to the Grand Final $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) back at the track in a fortnight, this weekend’s CF Orr Stakes Day line-up includes two Prelude races for the Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival’s premier juvenile’s race.

Fillies again dominate the early Blue Diamond Stakes odds at making the $200,000 Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) (1100m) the race to watch on Saturday.

The first four in futures Blue Diamond Stakes betting are all accepted for the BD Fillies Prelude with a total of 14 hopefuls facing off.

Undefeated Fontiton is the one to beat, the $4.40 Blue Diamond chance looking for her third win from as many starts.

On debut the daughter of Turffontein, drawn in barrier nine for Saturday, won by six lengths in the Inglis 2YO Banner at Moonee Valley last October.

She returned on Australia Day at Sandown then for a win in the Blue Diamond Fillies Preview and is out to do it again in the Prelude and cement her top spot in the markets for the upcoming elite level.

Her main danger is perceived to be Mick Price’s Not A Single Doubt filly Secret Agenda, a $4.80 chance for February 28.

On Saturday she too looks to retain an undefeated status after winning her first race on December 12 with a three and a half length victory over Haybah over 1000m at Moonee Valley.

She was impressive there and has drawn well in barrier four for the Prelude with Damien Oliver staying on.

The next best in Blue Diamond betting are then Heatherly ($9) and Flamboyant Lass ($11) who both get to stake their claims further on the weekend.

Matthew Ellerton & Simon Zahra’s Lonhro filly Heatherly jumps from barrier six with Damian Lane in the saddle following a successful debut with the same hoop on her back last Friday night at Moonee Valley defeating Reemah by one and three-quarter lengths over 1000m.

Flamboyant Lass is in double digits for jockey Glen Boss in 10 for the Fillies Prelude, the Gai Waterhouse-trained daughter of Stratum also coming off a win but at Randwick from January 10.

Other notable Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude runners include the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained duo of Air Apparent out wide in 12 looking to break her maiden status after back-to-back seconds to kick off her career last month and Hell Or Highwater who ran fourth to Thurlow on debut in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) in mid-November.

See below for the full Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) 2015 field, barriers and jockeys.

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2015 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Final Field & Barrier Draw

Caulfield Race 3 (2:40pm) – 14/02/2015

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Br. Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 1×1 FONTITON Robert Smerdon Mark Zahra 9 55.5kg 77
2 1x ANTELUCAN John O’Shea Chad Schofield 5 55.5kg 73
3 3×1 FLAMBOYANT LASS Gai Waterhouse Glen Boss 10 55.5kg 68
4 24x MISS GIDGET Colin & Cindy Alderson Dwayne Dunn 7 55.5kg 65
5 1 HEATHERLY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Damian Lane 6 55.5kg 66
6 1x SECRET AGENDA Mick Price Damien Oliver 4 55.5kg 66
7 22 AIR APPARENT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Nicholas Hall 12 55.5kg 63
8 3 PURSUITS John O’Shea Craig Williams 8 55.5kg 64
9 35 MAKE HER OWN WHEY Shaun Dwyer Ms Nikita Beriman 14 55.5kg 61
10 3x TIFFANY CASH MAN Luke Oliver Chris Symons 3 55.5kg 63
11 4x HELL OR HIGHWATER David Hayes & Tom Dabernig Michael Walker 11 55.5kg 62
12 29 QUEEN OF WANDS Clarry Conners Brad Rawiller 1 55.5kg 61
13 60 LE GRAND CRU Andrew Noblet Ms Michelle Payne 2 55.5kg 59
14 DYNASTY QUEEN Shane Nichols Jack Hill 13 55.5kg


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