Testa Rossa mare Ortensia will stay in Europe for the rest of the northern summer to target Group 1 sprints in England and France.
Ortensia (7m Testa Rossa – Aerate’s Pick by Picknicker) arrived in England on the back of G1 victories in the WATC Winterbottom Stakes in Perth and Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai. She get stage-fright before disappointing in the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and then struck deep ground when a brave fourth in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket.
The Australian mare atoned on firm ground with an outstanding G2 victory in the King George Stakes (1000m) at Goodwood on Friday.
Trained Paul Messara now has several options for the mare including the G1 Nunthorpe at York on August 24, G1 Sprint Cup at Haydock in September and G1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp in October.
“She was head and shoulders above them,” jockey William Buick said at Goodwood. “My initial plan was to sit in behind the leaders but Paul did say not to make her do something she didn’t want to do.
“She is much better when she gets a bit of daylight. I was fortunate they split into two groups and she found racing room. She will take some pegging back in the Nunthorpe in this kind of form.”
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.
Vinery sire Testa Rossa finished in the Top 10 on the 2011-12 Australian sires’ premiership with earnings of $5.45 million. He was represented by 122 winners of 189 races headed by the stakes winners Ortensia, Ranger, Over Quota, Pane In The Glass, Panipique, Testa My Patience and Testascana.
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 will stand for a $33,000 (inc gst) service fee at Vinery in 2012. His yearling brother to Ortensia was purchased for $130,000 by Edward O’Dwyer at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions.
Testa Rossa mare wins the G2 King George Stakes at Goodwood