Australia-trained Nunthorpe winner Ortensia dies

Ortensia: likely to start favourite for Saturday's Sprint Cup at Haydock

Ortensia also landed Group 1 wins in Dubai and her native Australia

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 By Mark Scully 8:42AM 6 JUN 2016 

ORTENSIA, who landed a blow for Australia when winning the 2012 Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York, has died at the age of ten.

The mare made her presence felt in an extended stint in the UK during the summer of 2012, arriving after she got the better of Sole Power in the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan.

Ortensia, trained in New South Wales by Paul Messara, finished sixth in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and fourth behind Mayson in the following July Cup at Newmarket.

She defeated Spirit Quartz in the Group 2 King George Stakes at Goodwood before getting the better of the same rival in the Nunthorpe Stakes but failed to fire when sent off 5-2 favourite for the Sprint Cup at Haydock, all in the hands of William Buick.

Ortensia also claimed Group 1 honours in her native Australia, adding a Winterbottom Stakes victory to her CV on a trip to Western Australia.

Leah Gavranich, forewoman to Messara, tweeted in tribute to Ortensia: “I will miss you my girl, forever in awe of your achievements.”

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