CAPTAIN Fontane had garnered a reputation before he even set foot on a racetrack and he gave credence to those views with a smashing victory in the last at Hollywoodbets Greyville Sunday, writes ANDREW HARRISON.

A comfortable winner on debut, that form was rubber-stamped when runner up Hail Columbia hacked up at Hollywoodbets Scottsville last Sunday.

Today’s performance was something out of the top drawer as Garth Puller’s charge spread-eagled the opposition, putting five lengths of daylight between them.

Missing the kick, Lyle Hewitson managed to slot him in on the rail and hold his position. But once off the false rail, Captain Fontane extended like a really good horse to win as he liked.

A pricey yearling purchase, Captain Fontane is owned by Hong Kong-based trainer David Ferraris and his partner C.W. Hui. With Hewitson having completed an extended if fruitless spell in Hong Kong, he will be in a position to give Ferraris valuable feedback and the green light for the Far East may well be flickering.

There are few riders that can get a horse out of the gate quicker than the rest. Anton Marcus is a past master and anything drawn wide that prefers to race handy and is on the rail before the opposition has woken up to the fact that they are in a race. – Gold Circle.

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