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Ortensia Grabs Nunthorpe Glory
24/08/12

1 Ortensia 7/2 Fav
2 Spirit Quartz 14/1
3 Hamish McGonagall 14/1
4 Humidor 50/1
NR: Kingsgate Native (IRE)
19 ran Distances: nk, 1¼l, 1¼l
TIME 57.62s (fast by 0.08s)

Australian mare Ortensia came from almost last to first with a remarkable late run to lift the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

Ortensia
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Ortensia
Paul Messara's seven-year-old was at least 10 lengths behind the leader at the halfway stage of the five-furlong Group One.

However, William Buick retained the coolest of heads as he pushed her up the far side of the track and the well-backed 7-2 joint-favourite collared Spirit Quartz in the shadow of the post to collect by a neck.

 

Buick said: "It's fantastic, I don't know how she won, to be honest. They went very fast and I was a long way back, but I could hold a straight course the whole way and she's so much better when she doesn't have to be switched in or out.

Spirit Quartz
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Spirit Quartz
"You could see the way she finished the race she's got so much speed and I think if she steps back up to six (furlongs) again, she'll be very hard to beat.

"I don't think I've been quicker in a race before and they just got her off the bridle, but when she gets to the furlong and a half marker she hits that sixth gear and picks up well.

"The ground is a little bit loose, so that probably didn't help her early on - we were kind of wheelspinning a bit. She showed at Goodwood what she can do to these sprinters and she showed today she's superior to the sprinters over here."

Messara added: "It's fabulous. It's the most amazing feel. To win a big one over here is a huge thrill. I couldn't believe it yesterday when it poured down. I thought we were coming here with no chance.

"I walked the track this morning and again thought we didn't have a chance. I just thought it was too soft for her to show her acceleration. Anyway, we're here and she's done it, just."

Messara confirmed that Ortensia is now likely to head for the Betfred Sprint Cup at Haydock on September 8.

 

Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes (British Champions' Series) (Group 1)
£250,000 added, 2yo plus, 5f, Class 1
19 ran
Going: Good

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Ortensia
P Messara
William Buick
9st 8lbs
7 - 2
Winner
2
Spirit Quartz
R M H Cowell
L Dettori
9st 11lbs
14 - 1
Neck
3
Hamish McGonagall
T D Easterby
D Allan
9st 11lbs
14 - 1
1 1/4 length
4
Humidor
George Baker
S De Sousa
9st 11lbs
50 - 1
1 1/4 length
5
Beyond Desire
R Varian
N Callan
9st 8lbs
33 - 1
Neck
6
Bated Breath
R Charlton
J Doyle
9st 11lbs
7 - 2
Short Head
7
Sole Power
E Lynam
W M Lordan
9st 11lbs
7 - 1
3/4 length
8
Masamah
K A Ryan
G Lee
9st 11lbs
20 - 1
Head
9
Pearl Secret
T D Barron
J P Spencer
9st 9lbs
6 - 1
Neck
10
Tangerine Trees
B Smart
T Eaves
9st 11lbs
25 - 1
Neck
11
Dandy Boy
D Marnane
P Dobbs
9st 11lbs
25 - 1
Short Head
12
Nocturnal Affair
D Marnane
R Hughes
9st 11lbs
20 - 1
Neck
13
Angels Will Fall
C Hills
R Winston
9st 6lbs
25 - 1
1 1/4 length
14
Monsieur Joe
R M H Cowell
R Mullen
9st 11lbs
22 - 1
1/2 length
15
Confessional
T D Easterby
E Ahern
9st 11lbs
33 - 1
3/4 length
16
Secret Witness
R Harris
J Fortune
9st 11lbs
66 - 1
Short Head
17
Tiddliwinks
K A Ryan
P Makin
9st 11lbs
16 - 1
Neck
18
Bogart
K A Ryan
P Mulrennan
9st 9lbs
28 - 1
1 1/4 length
19
Invincible Ash
M Halford
K Fallon
9st 8lbs
33 - 1
6 lengths
NonRunner
Kingsgate Native
R M H Cowell
Non Runner
9st 11lbs
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