Ortensia on course for G1 Nunthorpe Stakes

Paul Messara is hoping he can bag another elite victory with Ortensia before returning to Australia. The Testa Rossa mare is challenging for favouritism for the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York next Friday.

Ortensia (7m Testa Rossa – Aerate’s Pick by Picknicker) failed to cope with conditions in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot but redeemed herself with a gutsy fourth in the G1 July Cup. The Newmarket run gave hope to connections and she rewarded their faith with a win in the G2 King George Stakes at Goodwood.

“She’s in great form and came through her last race really well,” Messara said. “The warmer weather has really helped her and I’m looking forward to running her at York.”

Jockey William Buick is also confident of another win at York. “She was head and shoulders above them at Goodwood,” he claimed. “She will take some pegging back in the Nunthorpe.”

Ortensia won’t make it back home in time for Australia’s spring carnival sprints and there’s a possibility she could be served by a European stallion to southern hemisphere time.

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. She topped 122 individual winners sired by Vinery sire Testa Rossa in 2011-12.

Testa Rossa (Perugino) will stand for a $33,000 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery in 2012.