CAST iron mare Ortensia staged the most scintillating victory of her illustrious career with a stunning come from behind win in today’s AJC Galaxy Handicap (1100m) at Randwick.
The daughter of Testa Rossa bagged her first Group One win in dramatic style coming from last of the 14 turning for home on a day where backmarkers were struggling to gain traction.
Ortensia began to increase her momentum over the rise passing horses at will and racing near enough to the grandstand rail.
Her thrilling last stride win was a popular one with punters who backed the mare into $4.60 favourite.
Trainer Tony Noonan has mapped out an ambitious plan for Ortensia this preparation which includes no less than five Group One contests.
The four-year-old will be headed for Brisbane in coming weeks to revisit her sterling campaign in the Sunshine State last year.
Ortensia ($50,000 2007 Premier, 4m Testa Rossa-Aerate’s Pick) had only been sparingly tried in Group 1 races, but had shown herself to be one of Australia’s very best mares over the past two seasons.
She was a five times stakes winner going into the Galaxy and the handicapper set her a task with 56.5kg, but it mattered little, with the Tony Noonan trained mare overhauling her sprint rivals.
Ortensia was sold by Basinghall Farm and is now the winner of nine races, with today’s race taking her through the million dollar barrier.
Aerate’s Pick returned to Testa Rossalast season.