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Ortensia Wins Gr1 The Galaxy

Monday, 19th April 2010

Vinery Stud stallion Testa Rossa (Perugino-Bo Dapper, by Sir Dapper) added a Gr1 triumph when favoured 4YO mare Ortensia (Testa Rossa-Aerate's Pick, by Picnicker) returned from a 20-weeks spell to zoom down the extreme outside fence from last into the straight & grab victory in a 3-way photo-finish to the $300,000 Gr1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Randwick. Ortensia (ridden by Craig Williams for trainer Tony Noonan) scored by a short-neck from 3YO colt Shellscrape (Dane Shadow-Kisma, by Snippets) with a further half-neck to 4YO entire Swift Alliance (Don Eduardo-Visual Emotion, by Silver Deputy). Ortensia (a $50,000 yearling at the 2007 Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne) now has 9 wins (also including last start's Gr2 Winterbottom Stakes over 1200m at Ascot in November, plus 2009's Gr2 QTC Cup over 1300m at Eagle Farm, Listed Glenlogan Park Stakes over 1350m at Doomben & Listed P.J.Bell Handicap over 1200m at Randwick, as well as 2008's Gr3 Thousand Guineas Prelude over 1400m at Caulfield) & 5 placings (including 2009's Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap over 1400m at Eagle Farm, Listed Herald-Sun Stakes over 1400m at Flemington & Listed James Carr Stakes over 1400m at Randwick, plus 2008's Gr3 TBV/Eliza Park Champagne Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley) from 17 starts for $1,133,817 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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