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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. Buick rode the seven-year-old in both the Group 2 King George Stakes and Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes wins last…

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…

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. The smart six-year-old Testa Rossa mare finished a below…

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. The six-year-old daughter of Testa Rossa became an international star back…

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. Paul Messara’s six-year-old daughter of Testa Rossa was last seen running a distant ninth as the…

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. Fresh off a runner-up effort in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes, potential wet weather and the presence of the world’s best sprinter will…

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 started favourite in the £350,000 Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m), the fourth leg of the Global Sprint Challenge, but failed…

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. It is going to be a late night for the Australian racing fans that stay up to watch…

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. Testa Rossa six-year-old Ortensia, dual winner of the Winterbottom Stakes at Australia’s Ascot Racecourse in Perth, will take her first look at…

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. The official barrier draw for the £300,000 Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) was conducted overnight Australian…