Exciting three-year-old filly Fontainebleau, has put her hand up as a serious Belmont Guineas and Belmont Oaks contender with a dominant 3 ¼ L victory at Belmont Park on Wednesday.
The filly by Alfred Nobel showed her class last prep when finishing third in the Listed 1000-Guineas at Ascot.
She jumped as the $2.90 favourite on Wednesday, after a promising first-up performance over 1200m where she attacked the line strongly.
Utilising barrier 5, Fontainebleau found herself in the ideal position, three pairs back with cover through the early stages.
She settled nicely which was vital and had been a small concern for jockey Glenn Smith prior to the race with her stepping up from 1200m to 1700m.
With 500m to go, Smith glanced over his shoulder and decided to pull the filly out three-wide to start circling the field.
“I had the front ones covered, so I was just worried that something might come around and put me in a pocket” Smith said post-race.
In a matter of strides, she found herself joining the leaders with her sights set on the winning post.
She ran the fastest final 600m of the race (35.52) and the winning time of 1.45.62 was faster than the 1700m Class 3 56+ in the previous race.
Smith was quick to throw her name into the mix as a serious challenger for the Guineas and the Oaks post-race.
“With a win like that, she’ll get her chance against Variation in the Belmon...