14 promising two-year-old fillies ran in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday, getting a test ahead of the main event in two weeks’ time.
The Robert Smerdon-trained Fontiton was the $2.50 firm favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au heading into the race on the back of two wins from her two career starts.
The two-year-old filly won her debut back in October by an impressive two lengths before resuming on January 26 to narrowly win the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m). She will now be the one to beat on February 28 in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) following this afternoon’s win.
Fontiton only jumped reasonably and got to fifth while Heatherly and Miss Gidget were the early leaders. The filly started to warm at just the right time at the 200 metre mark, taking the lead and winning dominantly with Miss Gidget ($41) in second while Flamboyant Lass ($5) worked hard to round out the top three.
Smerdon was very pleased with the result from his star filly.
“She keeps stepping up,” he said.
“We always hoped she’d be a good three-year-old out to the middle distance and she’s doing things that we can predict early so it’s great.
“I thought she was terrific today.
“The way she flattened out and went to the line was terrific.”
Fontiton will not have any gear changes heading to the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes.
“What’s there is working so we’ll leave it there and hope it can continue,” Smerdon said.
All eyes will now be on Fontiton to see if the filly has what it takes when she steps up in the Blue Diamond Stakes in two weeks. Back the filly at Ladbrokes.com.au to receive a bonus bet worth up to $250. Simply quote code: BETBONUS while making your first bet.
2015 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude Race Results & Finishing Order
|1||1||FONTITON Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Robert Smerdon||Mark Zahra||–||9||55.5kg||$2.50F|
|2||4||MISS GIDGET Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Colin & Cindy Alderson||Dwayne Dunn||1.75L||7||55.5kg||$31|
|3||3||FLAMBOYANT LASS||Gai Waterhouse||Glen Boss||2.5L||10||55.5kg||$5|
|4||7||AIR APPARENT||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Nicholas Hall||3.25L||12||55.5kg||$26|
|5||5||HEATHERLY||Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra||Damian Lane||3.65L||6||55.5kg||$8.50|
|6||12||QUEEN OF WANDS Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Clarry Conners||Brad Rawiller||4.65L||1||55.5kg||$101|
|7||11||HELL OR HIGHWATER||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Michael Walker||5.05L||11||55.5kg||$51|
|8||10||TIFFANY CASH MAN||Luke Oliver||Chris Symons||5.25L||3||55.5kg||$18|
|9||9||MAKE HER OWN WHEY Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||Shaun Dwyer||Ms Nikita Beriman||5.75L||14||55.5kg||$101|
|10||8||PURSUITS||John O’Shea||Craig Williams||6.5L||8||55.5kg||$31|
|11||6||SECRET AGENDA||Mick Price||Damien Oliver||7.25L||4||55.5kg||$4.20|
|12||14||DYNASTY QUEEN||Shane Nichols||Jack Hill||14.25L||13||55.5kg||$41|
|13||13||LE GRAND CRU||Andrew Noblet||Ms Michelle Payne||15.25L||2||55.5kg||$151|
|14||2||ANTELUCAN Super Vobis Bonus Scheme||John O’Shea||Chad Schofield||24.25L||5||55.5kg||$15|