Ortensia targets Nunthorpe
Warm weather brings the best out of Australian mare
Last Updated: August 14, 2012 4:22pm
Australian handler Paul Messara has high hopes for Ortensia in the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York on Friday week.
The seven-year-old mare showed her true colours with a sparkling win in the King George Stakes at Glorious Goodwood after being slightly disappointing on her first two races on these shores.
Britain’s wet summer was blamed for the Al Quoz Sprint heroine’s below par run in Royal Ascot’s King’s Stand Stakes and the Darley July Cup, although her fourth in the latter event at Newmarket gave hope to connections that she was on the way back.
And she repaid their faith in the five-furlong Group Two earlier this month.
Messara said: “She’s in great form. She came through her last race really well and we were happy with her work this morning.
“Her conditions came right at Goodwood and she showed how good she is. The warmer weather has really helped her and I’m looking forward to running her at York.”
Godolphin could run Soul who finished best of the British-trained runners when third behind Black Caviar in the Golden Jubilee Stakes before easily winning the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury.
Godolphin’s racing manager Simon Crisford said: “If the ground came up soft I could see him running a huge race.
“If the ground was quick he may not be fast enough for five furlongs at York as his main targets are over six.”