Australian sprinter Ortensia’s attempt to win another British Group 1 title received a boost this morning as trainer Paul Messara confirmed William Buick would be available to ride her in the 2012 Sprint Cup at Haydock.
Buick rode the seven-year-old in both the Group 2 King George Stakes and Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes wins last month but uncertainty arose as he is double booked at different venues this weekend.
The star British jockey will take a helicopter from Haydock following the Sprint Cup to get to Leopardstown to assume duties on Nathaniel in the Irish Champion Stakes.
Messara said he was delighted to again have Buick on board as Ortenisa looks to add a fourth Group 1 win to her stunning resume.
“It is great news for us,” Messara said.
“We are obviously delighted to have him aboard.
“I’ve been talking to his manager and he is confident of getting him there.”
After a slow beginning to her UK campaign where she failed to fire in her two opening starts, Ortensia bounced back in August.
Her last-start win in the Group 1 at Nunthorpe was particularly impressive as she showed an electrifying turn of foot to come from worse than mid-field at the halfway mark and reel in her opponents.
The Nunthorpe win was Ortensia’s third at Group 1 level and amazingly all three have been achieved on different continents.
She won the Winterbottom Stakes in Perth last November before travelling to Dubai in March and winning the Al Quoz Sprint.
Messara has not yet confirmed plans for Ortenisa post her UK expedition but said a return trip to Dubai was a possibility.
The daughter of Testa Rossa is currently a $3.50 favourite to win the Sprint Cup ahead of British sprinter Bated Breath.
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