Ortensia the 2011 Winterbottom Winner

No mare deserved a Group 1 more than Ortensia and she delivered when being crowned the 2011 Winterbottom Stakes winner  (1200m) at Ascot today.

The bonny Testa Rossa mare justified not only her $2.20 Luxbet price but connections decision to bring her out of retirement earlier this year.

Ortensia won the 2009 Winterbottom Stakes when still a Group 2  event for former trainer Tony Noonan and now repeated in the 2011 Winterbottom Stakes in similar fashion.
In the 2010 Group I The Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick she pass the post first but was  disqualified after a positive swab was unearthed.

Owner Alister Fraser decided to give Ortensia another shot at the highest level when shelving stud plans at the start of the year.

The six-year-old mare was in Scone and connections decided local trainer Paul Messara would get the horse.

Teaming up with champion jockey Craig Williams,  who earlier won the WA Guineas on King Saul Luxbet price $4.40, Ortensia, with her usual big finishing burst,  defeated Rarefied Luxbet $5 with Grand Nirvana Luxbet $5 third.

“She’s always been a Group 1 mare in our eyes,” Williams said.
“She was  awesome.

“She used the gate, they ran a tactical race up front and I had the horse that had the great acceleration at the end.

“I’ve got such a great relationship with her.
“Only one girl I’ve got a  better relationship with, that’s my wife.

“It a great thrill to get that Group 1 back again.”

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Race 9 – 4:25PM BURSWOOD-WINTERBOTTOM STAKES (1200 METRES)
Of $500,000.1st $300,000, 2nd $100,000, 3rd $45,000, 4th $20,000, 5th $12,500, 6th $7,500, 7th $7,500, 8th $7,500 GROUP 1
Standard Weight for Age, Three-Years-Old and Upwards, Apprentices cannot claim.
WestSpeed BonusTrack Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:10.10 Last 600m: 0:34.66 INTERIM RESULTS
Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 11 ORTENSIA Paul Messara Craig Williams 2 56.5kg $2.20
2 7 RAREFIED Peter Snowden 1L 7 58.5kg $5
3 1 GRAND NIRVANA Fred Kersley Peter Hall 1L 10 58.5kg $5
4 2 HADABECLORKA Brent Larsson Glenn Smith 1.75L 9 58.5kg $41
5 4 WERD Chris Gangemi Craig Staples 1.75L 6 58.5kg $21
6 9 ELUSIVE TOUCH Shane A Edwards Peter Knuckey 1.75L 12 58.5kg $31
7 5 KID CHOISIR Allen McNamara (Snr) Paul Harvey 3L 11 58.5kg $16
8 10 MORANT Ross & Clint Price William Pike 3.5L 4 58.5kg $13
9 6 EGO’S DARE Gerald Ryan Shaun O’Donnell 3.5L 5 58.5kg $26
10 14 AVANTE Grant Williams Ms Kyra Yuill (a) 4.5L 3 56.5kg $19
11 3 ELLIOTTO Neville Parnham Brad Parnham 4.75L 1 58.5kg $61
12 12 FOR YOUR EYES ONLY Paul Jordan Troy Turner 9.25L 8 56.5kg $31
8 THE ENTOURAGE Chris Gangemi Campbell Mc Callum 11
13 ALL FRIARED UP Stan Bates Jason Whiting 12