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Ortensia Receives Boost Ahead of 2012 Sprint Cup

Ortensia Receives Boost Ahead of 2012 Sprint Cup

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.

Ortensia will chase a second British Group 1 in Saturday's Sprint Cup

Buick rode the seven-year-old in both the Group 2 King George Stakes ...

Ortensia On Track For Group 1 Glory At York

Ortensia On Track For Group 1 Glory At York

Ortensia is set to continue her overseas campaign in the aim of claiming the third Group 1 of her career.

After an uncharacteristic ninth placing in the Group 1 King Stand Stakes at Ascot in June, Ortenisa went on to place a pleasing fourth in the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket.

Perseverance paid off for Ortensia when she won ...

July Cup 2012 Field & Barriers – Ortensia Draws 8

July Cup 2012 Field & Barriers – Ortensia Draws 8

Paul Messara’s Al Quoz Sprint winner Ortensia has drawn ideally just worse than mid-field with barrier eight as she looks to bounce back from her failed last start in this weekend’s 2012 July Cup at England’s Newmarket Racecourse – the Piper Heidsieck July Festival’s pinnacle event.

Ortensia has drawn well with barrier eight for the 2012 July Cup ...

2012 July Cup Rain or Shine for Ortensia

2012 July Cup Rain or Shine for Ortensia

While the connections of a number of the top chances in this weekend’s prestigious July Cup 2012 at England’s Newmarket Racecourse are sweating on the rain to clear, Aussie horseman Paul Messara is committed to running Ortensia in the sprint regardless of the weather.

Ortensia is looking to return to form with an upset win in the 2012 July Cup ...

Ortensia on Track for July Cup 2012

Ortensia on Track for July Cup 2012

Australia’s greatest mare Black Caviar may have returned home from England after her one-hit-run at Royal Ascot last month but another great sprinting mare in Ortensia will continue her overseas raid in the 2012 July Cup on the weekend.

Ortensia is on track to bounce back in the 2012 July Cup this weekend

Paul Messara’s six-year-old daughter of Testa ...

Bated Breath Unlikely to Tackle Black Caviar

Bated Breath Unlikely to Tackle Black Caviar

After previously being rated as on the best chances to upset wonder mare Black Caviar in Saturday’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee Stakes, British star Bated Breath looks unlikely to take on the Australian champion.

Bated Breath will avoid a clash with Black Caviar (pictured) and won't run in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Fresh off a runner-up effort in Tuesday’s King’s ...

King’s Stand Stakes Results 2012 – Ortensia Runs 9th

King’s Stand Stakes Results 2012 – Ortensia Runs 9th

Australia’s first hope of securing Group 1 success at this year’s Royal Ascot Carnival in England failed overnight with Paul Messara’s Al Quoz Sprint winner Ortensia finishing midfield behind upset winner Little Bridge.

Ortensia finished 9th in the King's Stand Stakes results at Royal Ascot

Ortensia started favourite in the £350,000 Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m), the ...

2012 King’s Stand Stakes Odds & Betting Led by Ortensia

2012 King’s Stand Stakes Odds & Betting Led by Ortensia

Aussie mare Ortensia continues to sit at the top of the markets for the King’s Stand Stakes 2012, the classic sprint showdown to run at Royal Ascot at five past midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST) tomorrow morning.

Al Quoz Sprint winner Ortensia is favourite to take out tonight's 2012 King's Stand Stakes

It is going to be a late ...

Ortensia Will Run in 2012 King’s Stand Stakes

Ortensia Will Run in 2012 King’s Stand Stakes

Scone-based trainer Paul Messara has confirmed that top class mare Ortensia will definitely be lining up in the King’s Stand Stakes 2012 at Royal Ascot despite the track being downgraded to soft overnight.

Ortensia will jump favourite for the 2012 King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot

Testa Rossa six-year-old Ortensia, dual winner of the Winterbottom Stakes at Australia’s Ascot Racecourse ...

2012 King’s Stand Stakes Field & Barriers – Ortensia Draws 5

2012 King’s Stand Stakes Field & Barriers – Ortensia Draws 5

Connections of top class Australian mare Ortensia were praying for a mid-field gate and came up with barrier five in the huge 23-horse field for the King’s Stand Stakes 2012 at England’s Royal Ascot on Tuesday, June 19.

Ortensia has drawn barrier five in the big 23 horse 2012 King's Stand Stakes field at Royal Ascot

The official barrier draw ...