Ortensia overdue for G1 in NZ

Quality mare Ortensia returned to winning form when she cruised home in the Listed Begonia Belle Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on Thursday.

Ortensia (6m Testa Rossa – Aerate’s Pick by Picnicker) raced clear of her rivals in the black type event to win by a soft two lengths.  Jockey Darren Beadman said the mare didn’t even raise a sweat down the straight six.

The win came at her first start for Hunter Valley based horseman Paul Messara who is now eyeing off G1 feature sprints in New Zealand over the festive period.  “She’s all class,” Messara said.  “I was very nervous because there’s a lot of pressure with her but she delivered.”

It was also the mare’s first win since being stripped of the G1 AJC The Galaxy in April 2010.  

Ortensia was a $50,000 buy at the 2007 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale for owners Alister Fraser and Emma Ridley.  She is by Vinery resident Testa Rossa who has sired 393 individual winners world-wide at an outstanding 70% strike rate.

Ortensia is from an unraced half-sister to G3 Melbourne winners Intelligent Star (Picnicker) and Blaze The Turf (Blazing Sword).  She has won 9 races from 28 starts and earned over $1.24 million in prizemoney.

Testa Rossa has a full brother to Ortensia for sale at 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  He has been entered by breeder Len Rhodes of Riverside Stud and is one of 35 Testa Rossa yearlings catalogued for the first five sessions of the popular auction.