Connections of Saturday’s highly-deserving Winterbottom Stakes winner Ortensia are weighing up the options of where to next with the class mare, the Railway Stakes 2012 at Ellersie Racecourse in New Zealand on New Year’s Day one of two possibilities.
The now Paul Messara-trained daughter of Testa Rossa atoned for her stripped Group 1 The Galaxy title at Randwick in April of 2010 due to a positive swab by storming home for a commanding win in the $500,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.
It was the six-year-old’s second success in the Perth Summer Racing Carnival feature, Ortensia and ace hoop Craig Williams having also combined back in 2009 to take out the Winterbottom when it held only Group 2 status.
Her second turf triumph since coming out of retirement earlier this month, Ortensia having won the Listed G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m) first-up at Flemington on November 3, the Winterbottom Stakes success pushed the rank runner’s career earnings to an impressive $1,553,905.
The result was a dream come true for managing owner Alister Fraser who made the decision to shelve her retirement and resume racing.
“She’s got a lot of heart, this mare,” he said.
“She’s been through a lot her whole life and she just seems to step up when it’s counted.
“To have a horse like her win again, who hasn’t won since the Winterbottom two years ago until her Flemington win, just to win a race again is a thrill.
“She’s not anywhere near Black Caviar or More Joyous or three or four others I could rattle off, but she’s a pretty darn decent mare.”
There is a chance she will be given the opportunity to further enhance her broodmare prospects and prize money in New Zealand on January 1, 2012 in the NZ$200,000 Group 1 Railway Stakes (1200m).
If not a trip across the Tasman, then Ortensia will be sent for a short break before being freshened up and bought back for a Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign ahead of her impending career as a broodmare.
“We are just going to wait and see, we haven’t drawn up any battle plans as yet,” Messara said.
“We will see how she goes in the next couple of days and take it from there but I’d say we are probably looking at Sydney.”
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