Fontiton Headlines 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude F Nominations

February 10th, 2015

Eighteen classy fillies have been included in nominations for the 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude F (1100m) at Caulfield this weekend, highlighted by some of the most exciting two-year-olds currently in work.

Fontiton has been included in 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude F nominations. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Fontiton has been included in 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude F nominations. Photo: Sarah Ebbett

Stamping her claims as one to watch over an impressive career start so far, trainer Robert Smerdon has included Fontiton in 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude F nominations.

Charging home to take out the $240,000 Inglis Banner (1000m) on debut at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day, Fontiton completed a successful racing return and step-up to black type company when comfortably winning the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) at Sandown on January 26th.

Rated equal third-favourite to take out the Golden Slipper in late March, Fontiton will undoubtedly jump as clear 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes favourite if successful at Caulfield this weekend.

Godolphin are set to saddle several leading chances for success over the major two-year-old races through autumn, and are sure to be offered a great chance of victory in the 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude F after trainer John O’Shea included Antelucan and Pursuits in nominations.

Performing well in work and barrier trials prior to her competitive debut, Antelucan jumped from the gates well in the Group 3 Emirates Airline Plate (1000m) on November 4th; settling into a good rhythm before charging home to win comfortably.

Stamping her claims as a serious contender in her own right first-up on January 26th, Pursuits was unlucky to be checked early in the Blue Diamond Preview, but recovered well to finish a credible third.

Talented filly Mossfun provided Team Hawkes with a memorable two-year-old campaign through the 2014 Autumn Carnival, who have included exciting prospect Lake Geneva in 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude nominations.

Jumping from the gates only fairly in the Group 3 Widden Stakes (1100m) on debut, Lake Geneva pressed forward and settled well within the pack of nine; kicking well in the final straight to finish a close second to Fireworks.

Understandably pleased with the performance, the Hawkes’ have revealed the daughter of Fastnet Rock is likely to be set for the Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) following the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes.

A final field and barrier draw for the 2015 Blue Diamond Prelude F is due to be completed and released on Monday.

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2015 Blue Diamond Prelude F Nominations

# Horse Trainer
1 AIR APPARENT David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
3 DYNASTY QUEEN Shane Nichols
4 FLAMBOYANT LASS Gai Waterhouse
5 FONTITON Robert Smerdon
6 HEATHERLY Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra
7 HELL OR HIGHWATER David Hayes & Tom Dabernig
8 LAKE GENEVA Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes
9 LE GRAND CRU Andrew Noblet
10 MAKE HER OWN WHEY Shaun Dwyer
11 MISS GIDGET Colin & Cindy Alderson
12 OUR VIDIA (NZ) Byron Cozamanis
13 PARALLEL LINES Jason Warren
14 PURSUITS John O’Shea
15 QUEEN OF WANDS Clarry Conners
17 STAY WITH ME David Hayes & Tom Dabernig