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Fontiton Back From Injury

Thursday, 2nd July 2015

High class filly Fontiton (Turffontein-Personal Ensign, by Rubiton) is back in work at trainer Robert Smerdon's satellite stable at Ballarat, reports Racing.com. The rising 3YO has been sidelined since injuring herself in February's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, in which she surrendered her unbeaten record when finishing 5th behind outstanding colt Pride Of Dubai. The Turffontein filly underwent surgery to remove two bone chips in a front fetlock but Smerdon says she is fit and ready to return to the track after inspecting her on Monday. "It was a clear operation, she's got through that good and she's had a good break," Smerdon said. "We always thought she was a filly that would benefit with that bit of time. We always hoped she'd be a better three-year-old than two-year-old, so if that's still the case we've got something to look forward to." Smerdon hopes that Fontiton, hitherto known as a sprinter, can stretch her brilliance out to a mile so she can be considered for feature fillies races such as the Gr1 Thousand Guineas (1600m). "We're just going to be guided by her progress as to where we head with her in the Spring," he said. "We used to think she'd be capable of running the Thousand Guineas distance but that's yet to be proven." He added: "So, at this stage she shown us she's quick, but if she can take that speed out a bit it opens up a lot more options."

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