Paul Messara-trained mare Ortensia will be given the chance to avenge her disappointing ninth-place finish in the King’s Stand Stakes in next month’s 2012 July Cup.
Despite an excellent preparation, the Testa Rossa six-year-old was unable to produce her usual form as she laboured mid-field to finish seven lengths behind winner Little Bridge.
Messara said the two-time Group 1 winner was not at her best on race day and despite pulling up sore would continue on to the July Cup.
“Disappointment yesterday. Ortensia was very worked up prior to running and was dripping with sweat in the parade ring,” Messara said.
“She received a squeeze at the 500 and then had to bump her way clear. Pulled up this morning with a sore back. We’ll continue to the July.”
Ridden by Craig Williams, the dual Group 1 winner failed to produce her usual turn of foot that saw her win the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Dubai in her previous start.
Speaking after the race, Williams highlighted a soft track as a possible reason for her disappointing performance.
“She was disappointing on the day,” Williams said.
“She got a little bit of a scrimmage after two furlongs but she just didn’t pick up after then.
“She just didn’t quicken, [the track] may have been a reason for it.”
Since joining Messara’s Scone-based stables last year, Ortensia has scored three victories from four starts including the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot.
The July Cup has also been spruiked as an option for champion Australian mare Black Caviar who will make her overseas debut on Sunday morning (AEST) in the Diamond Jubille Stakes.
But if the unbeaten superstar does as expected and wins the Diamond Jubilee it is unlikely trainer Peter Moody will risk her a second time on English soil and she will return to Australia to prepare for a spring campaign.
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