Zahra Confident in 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes Success for Fontiton

February 25th, 2015

Jockey Mark Zahra has been understandably thrilled with the partnership he has forged with classy two-year-old Fontiton over her three race career so far, and is particularly confident of success in Saturday’s featured Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) after drawing barrier 1.

Fontiton is set to jump favourite in the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Fontiton is set to jump favourite in the 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes. Photo: Adrienne Bicknell

Jumping clear favourite in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) last time out on February 14th, Fontiton was caught wide and under pressure upon arriving on the final straight, but pulled clear late to continue her perfect career start.

Having completed a strong hit-out alongside stable mate and fellow Blue Diamond Stakes acceptor Thurlow on Tuesday morning, Zahra is confident the daughter of Turffontein is more than capable of success on Saturday.

“Barrier one just means we’ve got to use our spot a bit to hold it,” Zahra told AAP.

“You don’t want to be getting shuffled back on the fence.

“But she’s got a bit of natural speed so she should be right.

“What we have asked of her, she has done every time.

“We’ve just got one more to go and everything she’s done so far points to her not disappointing us.”

Jumping from the gates well in the Inglis Banner (1000m) on debut, Fontiton was immediately lead to the fore of the pack and never looked in doubt; opening the gap in the final straight to hit the line an impressive six lengths in the clear.

Returning to racing this year in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview F (1000m), Fontiton again settled into a good rhythm early and was far too good for her rivals; consolidating favouritism in 2015 Blue Diamond Stakes betting markets.

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