2015 Coolmore Stud Stakes Over Guineas for Fontiton

July 22, 2015

2015 Coolmore Stud Stakes Over Guineas for Fontiton

After previously naming the Thousand Guineas as a likely Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival target for smart filly Fontiton, trainer Robert Smerdon now claims a sprint campaign is more likely for the rising three-year-old including a run in the Coolmore Stud Stakes 2015.


Fontiton is likely to be kept to the sprints this spring including a 2015 Coolmore Stud Stakes bid at the end of October. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

Turfontein filly Fontiton hasn’t raced since suffering her first loss at her fourth start when fifth to the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield in late February.

That followed a trio of wins from the up-and-comer who kicked off her career in fine style taking out the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley in October last year and then completing the Blue Diamond (Fillies) Preview – Prelude double this autumn.

After the Blue Diamond loss Fontiton underwent surgery to remove bone chips from her legs and Smerdon is happy with the way she has recovered ahead of her spring return, the filly coming back into work two weeks ago.

While not completely ruling out a run in the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield Racecourse on October 10, Smerdon believes the shorter distance features will be more suitable for her this time in.

“We know what she can do over the shorter trips,” he told AAP.

“She probably won’t have a lot of racing through the spring and we’ll probably stay to the shorter trips, I would imagine.

“I think she’s a bit late coming in for the Thousand Guineas and we don’t know whether she runs a mile.”

Her most suitable new aim is the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) where she will take on the boys at Flemington Racecourse on Victoria Derby Day on October 31.

Another notable Coolmore Stud Stakes hope this spring is the Mornington-based Of The Brave, Mark Riley’s Starspangledbanner colt having won the colts and gelding’s edition of the Blue Diamond Prelude before a failed 12th in the Group 1 on February 28 last time out.

Price meanwhile was also happy with the Tuesday jumpout at Sandown this week of Group 3 winning Sebring filly Thurlow who could run first-up either Saturday week at Moonee Valley or have another trial ahead of the $150,000 Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 15.

Also on trial at Sandown for the stable was a half-sister to 2013 Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner, Starcraft filly Fife whose sole run to date was a third on debut at Ballarat at the start of this month.

She is likely to return to that track this Sunday for her second career run in a two-year-old fillies’ race run over 1200m where Smerdon is tipping improvement.

“She had a soft jumpout and she might go to Ballarat on Sunday,” he said.

“She might have a break after Sunday but she might go on. How far she goes will be determined by her.

“We like her, but she’s still learning and is a work in progress. Every time she does something she does it better than the time before.”

To get behind Fontiton and Smerdon’s other stars this spring at the right price make sure you’ve got an account open at Ladbrokes.com.au who will match your initial deposit dollar for dollar up to $500 as a bonus bet you can split four ways.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Rogerson Dreams of 2018 Melbou...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feat...

The Everest 2018 Field to Feature Redzel

Inaugural champion Redzel has officially secured his position in the 2018 The...

2018 The Everest Field Takes S...

2018 The Everest Field Takes Shape: In Her Time Confirmed

She missed out on a shot at the world’s richest race on turf last spring but...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 Th...

Trapeze Artist Secures 2018 The Everest Slot for Aquis

The first official slot in The Everest 2018 field has been confirmed with...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC...

El Dorado Dreaming of 2018 VRC Oaks Bid

Ben Smith’s ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winning filly El Dorado Dreaming is in...

Horse Racing Today

2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup Betti...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting U...

2018 Queensland Oaks Betting Update

The Chris Waller domination of the 2018 Queensland Winter Racing Carnival will...

Baker snug about Champagne Cud...

Baker snug about Champagne Cuddles chances in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup

Trainer Bjorn Baker is snug about the chances of his three year old filly...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 ...

Capacity field of 16 for 2018 Queensland Oaks: Waller has 5

A capacity field of sixteen fillies will line up in the 2018 Group 1 $500,000...

A win by English in 2018 Kings...

A win by English in 2018 Kingsford-Smith Cup could secure an Everest slot

Doomben 10,000 winner English could be racing for a slot in the 2018 The...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field