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Ortensia To Change Tactics At Royal Ascot
Meanwhile the riding tactics used to deliver Australian 6YO mare Ortensia (Testa Rossa-Aerate's Pick, by Picnicker) a Dubai Gr1 win "are almost certain to be shelved for her Royal Ascot assignment next week" reported The Daily Telegraph. Ortensia returned from a 4.5-months spell to power down the centre of the track from last at the 400m & sweep past her 14 rivals to notch a 1.25-lengths victory in the Gr1 Dubai Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) at Meydan on March 31, but trainer Paul Messara "has flagged a change for Tuesday's Gr1 King's Stand Stakes (5 furlongs) & wants Ortensia to be ridden closer to the tempo". He explained: "It will be hard to make up the ground we were able to in Dubai, so she will certainly have to settle a couple of lengths closer (to the leaders). Royal Ascot is an uphill track whereas Dubai was flat." Messara also noted: "I hope we draw where the speed is & where the main chances are, so we've got a nice horse to follow in the race. It's going to be a huge field & I think you've got to draw where the speed is. And there is no doubt there will be speed on in this race." Ortensia was sent to England straight after her Dubai triumph, a move which Messara says "has made her a happy horse in her Newmarket stable. It's really helped to get her used to her new environment, get her out on the slopes & get her used to working here."