Last campaign for Ortensia

International Group 1 winner Ortensia is ready to embark on what could be her last campaign.

Trainer Paul Messara declared the mare is likely to run in the LR Ortensia Stakes (1100m) during the Scone Cup Carnival before a possible trip to Brisbane for the G1 Doomben 10,000 and G1 Stradbroke Handicap.

Ortensia (7m Testa Rossa – Aerate’s Pick by Picnicker) won Group 1 races in Dubai and England last year and finished third in a Randwick barrier trial last week.  “I’m happy with her but whether she is going as well as she was 12 months ago is yet to be seen,” Messara said.  “She got a bit further back in the trial than anticipated and they crawled and sprinted home.

“It wasn’t really what we were after but the main thing for me is that she has come through it very sound.  She didn’t have the blinkers on in the trial but they will go on for Scone.”

Messara said that Ortensia would be unlikely to continue racing after the Queensland winter carnival.  “Realistically this would be her last preparation,” he said.  “I doubt she would be racing on in the spring unless she did so in foal.”

Bred by Corowa based Len Rhodes, Ortensia was purchased for $50,000 at the 2007 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale by Alistair Fraser, Emma Ridley and Annie Fraser.  Testa Rossa’s flag-bearer has won 13 races in 37 starts for prizemoney of $2.48 million.

Last campaign for Ortensia

International Group 1 winner Ortensia is ready to embark on what could be her last campaign.

Trainer Paul Messara declared the mare is likely to run in the LR Ortensia Stakes (1100m) during the Scone Cup Carnival before a possible trip to Brisbane for the G1 Doomben 10,000 and G1 Stradbroke Handicap.

Ortensia (7m Testa Rossa – Aerate’s Pick by Picnicker) won Group 1 races in Dubai and England last year and finished third in a Randwick barrier trial last week.  “I’m happy with her but whether she is going as well as she was 12 months ago is yet to be seen,” Messara said.  “She got a bit further back in the trial than anticipated and they crawled and sprinted home.

“It wasn’t really what we were after but the main thing for me is that she has come through it very sound.  She didn’t have the blinkers on in the trial but they will go on for Scone.”

Messara said that Ortensia would be unlikely to continue racing after the Queensland winter carnival.  “Realistically this would be her last preparation,” he said.  “I doubt she would be racing on in the spring unless she did so in foal.”

Bred by Corowa based Len Rhodes, Ortensia was purchased for $50,000 at the 2007 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale by Alistair Fraser, Emma Ridley and Annie Fraser.  Testa Rossa’s flag-bearer has won 13 races in 37 starts for prizemoney of $2.48 million.