Fontiton Primed for 2015 Moir Stakes Return

September 28th, 2015

Trainer Robert Smerdon has been thrilled with the continually-building condition of Fontiton in the lead-up to her racing return, and is confident the filly has completely overcome all ailments ahead of Friday’s Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Smart filly Fontiton will return to racing in Friday's Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Smart filly Fontiton will return to racing in Friday’s Group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Fontiton more than stamped her claims as a filly to follow through the opening of her impressive racing career so far, but was returned to the paddock and required surgery to remove bone chips from a fetlock following a fading run for fifth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 28th.

Having confirmed leading hoop Craig Williams for the ride on the talented daughter of Turffontein, Smerdon told Racing Victoria he could not be more pleased with her performances in work through recent weeks, but conceded she faces undoubtedly her biggest test to date in the 2015 Moir Stakes first-up.

“She looks to have come as good as she was and has physically progressed but Friday night is the acid test,” Smerdon said.

“She’s been based at her Ballarat stable and has done everything that we’ve asked.

“Last Saturday morning she worked on the course proper at Ballarat and was very good again but she’ll need to be at her best because it looks like being a tough race.”

Taking out a strong barrier trial prior to her competitive debut in October last year, Fontiton immediately announced her arrival to the Australian racing industry when charging home to win the $250,000 Inglis Banner (1000m) by more than sixth lengths on Cox Plate Day.

Returning this year for success in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) on January 26th, Fontiton continued to impress in taking out the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) in her only other start prior to the Blue Diamond Stakes.

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