Lightning Won’t Strike for 2013 Oakleigh Plate Bound Ortensia

February 11, 2013

DEPOSIT $100 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with

$200

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get

$75

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get

$250

*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

Lightning Won’t Strike for 2013 Oakleigh Plate Bound Ortensia

Paul Messara’s international Group 1 champion mare Ortensia won’t, as expected, resume racing in a super charged clash with the mighty ‘Black Flash’ in Saturday’s Lightning Stakes instead racing first-up in the Oakleigh Plate 2013 at the end of the month.

Ortensia

Ortensia will bypass the Lightning Stakes this Saturday and go first-up instead in the 2013 Oakleigh Plate

Ageing seven-year-old Testa Rossa mare Ortensia has already amassed over $2.48 million in prize money over her 35 start career which has been highlighted by Group 1 victories in Perth’s Winterborrom Stakes, the Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai and the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes in Britain.

She was last seen running a disappointing 12th however when well beaten in another Group 1 race in England, the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock Park, last September.

Now set for an autumn return, original plans were to run Ortensia first-up in this weekend’s $500,000 Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington Racecourse where she would face off against the world’s best mare Black Caviar for the second time.

Ortensia first encountered Peter Moody’s undefeated star, Black Caviar the dual defending Lightning Stakes champ, when under the preparation of her first trainer Tony Noonan running third in the Group 1 Patinack Farm Classic (1200m) in November of 2010.

Messara however has made a late decision to bypass the 2013 Lightning Stakes and opting to save Ortensia for the $400,000 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday week for Blue Diamond Stakes Day on the 23rd.

“The Lightning is two weeks too early for her,” Messara said.

“We’ll aim at the Oakleigh Plate instead.”

In the Oakleigh Plate 2013 Ortensia will meet, among others, the Gerald Ryan-trained Mrs Onassis who beat her home in a barrier trial at Rosehill earlier this month.

Ortensia joins a long list of Lightning Stakes defectors which will likely leave a diminutive field or rivals for Black Caviar to account for when she vies for her 23rd win from as many starts in a much-awaited return.

The 2013 Lightning Stakes nominations taken today feature 14 hopefuls including Mick Price’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Samaready and two of Black Caviar’s stablemates in Golden Archer and Moment Of Change who was last seen winning the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Whether it is the Lightning Stakes this weekend or the other upcoming Melbourne Festival of Racing features like the Oakleigh Plate, make sure you lock in the right price online at bookmaker.com.au where new depositing players are rewarded with a bonus bet valued up to $400!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Trapeze Artist heads up 2018 E...

Thronum to chase G1 glory afte...

Thronum to chase G1 glory after 2018 Australia Stakes win

Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig will now step Thronum up to Group 1...

Pierata heads up final field f...

Pierata heads up final field for 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The in-form Greg Hickman trained Pierata heads up a final field of sixteen...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field