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Fontiton Deserves Diamond Favouritism

Fontiton Deserves Diamond Favouritism

Brilliant filly Fontiton kept her unbeaten record intact when surging clear for an impressive win in the Group II MRC Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday.

Stepping out to 1100 metres, she finished with a rush to win by a length and three-quarters clocking 1:02.83 seconds in running faster time than the colts division that followed.

"She keeps stepping up and I’ve always thought she will be better over further, so she was terrific today,” said her trainer Robert Smerdon.

A $110,000 Inglis Premier purchase for Matchem Racing from the Blue Gum Farm draft, Fontiton has won three from three earning $391,750 in prizemoney so has been a great investment for her big group of owners.

Fontiton was the most expensive yearling from the second crop of dual Group I winner Turffontein and is the best of three winners from stakes-winning Rubiton mare Personal Ensign.

Personal Ensign has a yearling filly and filly foal by Canford Cliffs (IRE) and was not surprisingly covered by Turffontein again last spring.

Fontiton is bred on the same cross as Turffontein’s only other stakes-winner Fontein Ruby, who is also trained by Robert Smerdon and resumed from a spell with a good third in the Group III MRC Kevin Hayes Stakes.

Story by Tara Madgwick - Breednet, Photo- Darryl Sherer