Dubai sprint star Ortensia targets Royal Ascot

by | 04.01.2012 | 7:24am

The Racing Post reports that Australian star Ortensia, who won the Al Quoz Sprint on World Cup night, will be pointed to the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. The six-year-old mare owes the fact that she is still racing at all to a decision by her owner, Alistair Fraser, to defer sending her to stud and send her to trainer Paul Messara, for whom she has three wins in three starts, including two at Group 1 level.

“She has hit a purple patch late in her career and I'm pretty happy that I can partner up with her and travel around and have a crack at these races,” Messara told Sydney's Sky Sports Radio from Dubai.

“We thought she would be closer in the run but the pace was stronger than expected. She had to get to the outside. That's what she needs to do.  It's an unbelievable privilege to have a horse to run here let alone win.”

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