Ortensia is recovering nicely after pulling up sore from her Royal Ascot assignment and will press on to subsequent month’s July Cup.
Trainer Paul Messara returned to Australia from England on Sunday after overseeing the mare’s preparation for the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in which she completed a disappointing ninth.
However, a publish-race inspection exposed she strained muscle groups in her back, shedding light on her under par run.
Messara reported Ortensia had responded properly to treatment and the Group 1 July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket on July 14 remained firmly on the radar.
“She pulled up with a strained back muscle but we’ve done a fair bit of perform on that more than the past ten days,” Messara mentioned.
“She’s bettering and she’s heading to the July Cup.”
Messara is most likely to head back to England in the lead-up to the characteristic sprint to once more supervise the mare’s last preparations.
Whether or not jockey Craig Williams joins him is however to be established.
Williams, who completed a riding contract in Japan final weekend, guided Ortensia to Group One particular wins in the Winterbottom Stakes in Perth and Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai and was also aboard Ortensia in the King’s Stand.
Messara said the hoop would get initial right of refusal but he was but to speak to him about his availability for the July Cup.
“I haven’t received anyone else. It just depends on his commitments,” Messara mentioned.
He also confirmed he had received his hands on a lycra body suit for Ortensia, the very same kind Black Caviar was widely photographed in and which she wore during her extended-haul flight to England.
“We have never utilized a single ahead of so we thought we’d test it out and see what we think,” Messara mentioned.
“We’ve been providing it a bit of a whirl. The horses do not appear to thoughts them.”
Messara explained he would contemplate making use of the suit on Ortensia for her flight back to Australia.
Former Australian star Sepoy and Soul, who was fourth to Black Caviar in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes, are other Australian-bred gallopers nominated for the July Cup.