Ortensia injury not serious
A minor leg injury may have robbed glamour filly Ortensia of a possible Group One victory in the Winter Stakes but is not serious enough to affect her racing future.
Ortensia was a warm favourite for Saturday’s 1400m feature at Eagle Farm but trainer Tony Noonan ordered her withdrawal after receiving a stable report on her injury.
Noonan is in England attending the Royal Ascot meeting.
The trainer’s representative Mick Robins said Ortensia was sore just below her near side knee.
“It’s not serious and if she was a five-year-old gelding we’d probably have run her in the Winter Stakes,” Noonan said.
“We think she did it when she galloped at Doomben last Wednesday. She must have struck herself somehow.”
Robins said Ortensia was not lame and was walking freely but the filly was too valuable to risk in what would have been her last run before going for a spell in Queensland.
“She’s not lame and is as free as a bird,” Robins said.
“With some treatment she could have raced next weekend but she’s got to spell at some point to prepare for the spring in Melbourne.”
Robins said Ortensia’s spring campaign would be restricted to only a few starts in Melbourne.
“I think Tony only wants to give her a couple of starts during the Flemington carnival,” he said.
“There’s a couple of nice races that would suit her down the straight six.
“She won’t be over-raced as a four-year-old and if she can go up another notch she’ll be the best mare in Australia.”
During the Brisbane winter carnival Ortensia claimed the Listed Glenlogan Park Stakes at Doomben and Group Two QTC Cup at Eagle Farm before finishing third to Black Piranha in the Group One Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm.
The daughter of Testa Rossa has won seven of her 11 starts but her record could have been greater had she not struck wet tracks during her Brisbane campaign.
Noonan has contemplated running Ortensia in the Group One Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in October and has even spoken about campaigning overseas.
Noonan owns several horses currently racing in England and is keen to campaign Ortensia at Royal Ascot next year.
By Glenn Davis