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Star three-year-old filly Fontein Ruby has been flying the flag brilliantly for her sire Tuffontein of late. Back to back victories in the VRC Edward Manifold Stakes (Gr2) and MRC Caulfield Classic (Gr3) have this first crop member of Turffontein’s firmly entrenched amongst the best three year old fillies in the land. Fontein Ruby is however going to have to share the limelight now with a member of Turffontein’s second crop, the very exciting filly Fontiton (pictured) who crushed her 12 over-matched opponents in Saturday’s $250,000 Inglis Banner (1000m) at Moonee Valley. This daughter of Turffontein left many seasoned racegoers ‘gobsmacked’ by her breathtaking performance.
Trained by Robert Smerdon, Fontiton controlled the race from the start and purely idled to the line to score by six lengths under a soft ride from jockey Mark Zahra. Despite the ease of the victory, the time Fontiton took to run the 1000 metre journey was just a second outside Miss Andretti’s course record which has stood since 2007. “Really good. Really impressive,” commented Zahra after the race. “I barely went for her. I just got her out and running then brought her back to a comfortable tempo. I heard Zac (Purton on Hot Snippety) come off the bit on the turn and I thought he was the hardest to beat so I gave her a little shake up, checked the big screen, and shut her down.” Fontiton may run next in the Maribyrnong Plate (Gr3) at Flemington on the final day of the Spring Carnival after which she would go to the paddock before embarking on an Autumn campaign.
Bred on the same Turffontein – Rubiton cross as Fontein Ruby, Fontiton was a $110,000 purchase by Matchem Racing from the Blue Gum Farm consignment at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling sale. She is the fifth foal of the stakes-winning mare Personal Ensign who is visiting Turffontein again this season.
Turffontein is currently Australia’s Leading 2YO Sire and Leading 2nd Crop Sire. He has made a remarkable start to his stud career and is standing this season at the great value fee of $7,700.