2015 Moir Stakes Return for Fontiton

August 11, 2015

2015 Moir Stakes Return for Fontiton

Caulfield horseman Robert Smerdon could save the spring return of his classy filly Fontiton until early October with the Moir Stakes 2015 given consideration as a first-up run for the Group 2 winner.

Fontiton

Fontiton heads towards the 2015 Coolmore Stud Stakes as her Grand Final at Flemington on October 31 this spring. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell.

A three-year-old daughter of Turffontein, Fontiton hasn’t raced since her fifth when beaten three and a half lengths by the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Pride Of Dubai, second favourite for the 2015 Golden Rose on September 12 in Sydney and the Caulfield Guineas on October 10 this season, in the $1 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at her local track in late February.

Before that the filly was undefeated with a hat-trick of Melbourne wins going back to her successful debut at Moonee Valley in the Inglis Banner over 1000m last October that she won by an easy six lengths.

She returned in January and won the Group 3 Blue Diamond Fillies Preview (1000m) at Sandown-Hillside and then kept her record intact with a victory in the Group 2 Prelude for the same series at Caulfield in mid-February.

After the Group 1 fifth as the beaten Blue Diamond Stakes favourite, Fontiton underwent surgery to remove bone chips in a fetlock and then spelled to recover ahead of a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival bid that Smerdon is now plotting.

He is looking at a returning run on Friday October 2 under the lights at Moonee Valley Racecourse in the $450,000 Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m), a short distance feature won last spring by the Robert Heathcote-trained Brisbane sprint star Buffering.

Connections are keen to keep the filly to a sprint campaign this time in and opted not to nominate her for a shot at the $500,000 Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) over the Caulfield mile on October 10.

“We’re thinking about the Moir,” Smerdon told Racenet this week.

“We didn’t nominate her for the Thousand Guineas and we’re going to keep her to sprinting.”

After the Moir Stakes mission obvious next-up targets for Fontiton include the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) back at the track on October 23, the evening before Cox Plate Day, and the $500,000 Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 31 – Victoria Derby Day.

“She’ll head towards the Coolmore Stud Stakes,” Smerdon confirmed.

The 2015 Coolmore Stud Stakes is already shaping up as a hot showdown between the season’s best three-year-old sprinters and takes place on the opening meeting of the four day Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Smerdon is also planning the spring preparation of his Sebring filly Thurlow who returns to racing at Caulfield on PB Lawrence Stakes Day this Saturday in the $150,000 Group 3 Quezette Stakes (1100m).

To get behind Smerdon’s three-year-old fillies Fontiton and Thurlow this spring at the hottest odds make sure you head to Ladbrokes.com.au and open an account with the country’s premier online bookie quoting the code BETBONUS to enjoy up to $500 in bonus bets on the house that 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

All Aged to The Everest 2018 f...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Fin...

2018 TJ Smith Stakes Grand Final for The Everest Bound Redzel

Inaugural The Everest champion Redzel has been specifically set for an autumn...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancip...

Daysee Doom Heads 2018 Emancipation Stakes Field & Betting

Ron Quinton’s flying five-year-old Daysee Doom is tipped as the mare to beat...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018...

Winx To Climb The Everest 2018?

Winx next race? It’s the question always on the horizon after she leaves her...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrok...

Written By Is The 2018 Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes Winner

The well-supported, clear Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes 2018 favourite Written...

Horse Racing Today

Victorian filly So Far Sokool ...

Gai’s 2 head the list of...

Gai’s 2 head the list of nominations for the 2018 Japan Racing Association Plate

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained Ecuador and Arbeitsam head up the...

Single Gaze looking to the fut...

Single Gaze looking to the future as a brood mare, out of 2018 Sydney Cup

Group 1 winning mare Single Gaze will begin preparations for the upcoming...

Savvy Coup looking for another...

Savvy Coup looking for another Kiwi win in 2018 Australian Oaks

Savvy Coup will be trying to keep the Kiwi fillies strong winning record...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in...

Oliver back aboard Almandin in 2018 Sydney Cup

Damien Oliver has found himself back on Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who is...

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