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Ortensia Inside Draw In Today's UK Gr1 King's Stand
Meanwhile fellow Australian trainer Paul Messara's dual Gr1-winning 6YO mare Ortensia (Testa Rossa-Aerate's Pick, by Picnicker) has drawn barrier 5 in the field of 23 starters for today's £350,000 (A$560,000) Gr1 King's Stand Stakes (5 furlongs) on the opening day of the Royal Ascot carnival in England. Ortensia will be ridden by Australian jockey Craig Williams, who is flying in from Japan (where he landed a Gr3 winner on Sunday). At her previous start, Ortensia won Dubai's Gr1 Al Quoz Sprint (1000m) at Meydan on March 31 & Messara told the UK media his main concern is a potential wet track & he's "hoping predictions of clear weather are correct". Ortensia is currently $4 favourite with Luxbet.