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Ortensia wins the 2012 Al Quoz Sprint
Ortensia wins the 2012 Al Quoz Sprint

Ortensia wins the 2012 Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Racecourse

© Andrew Watkins / Dubai Racing Club
The $1 million Al Quoz Sprint (G1) is contested at 1000 meters (about 5 furlongs) on the turf straightaway at Meydan. A field of 15 older horses went to post with 7-year-old mare Ortensia sent off as the 5-2 favorite off consecutive wins in the Begona Belle at Flemington and the Winterbottom (G1) at Ascot in Australia. In to challenge her included 4-1 second choice Regally Ready, winner of the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) but 13th in the Meydan Sprint last out, and 6-1 Sole Power, off a close second in the Meydan Sprint.

11-1 Addictive Dream and 36-1 Monsieur Joe battled for the lead exiting the chute through an opening quarter of 24.12. On the main part of the course, Monsieur Joe held the lead through a half in 46.08, but Ortensia, on the far outside after breaking slowly out of the 10 hole, closed with a rush to win by 1 1/4 lengths over Sole Power in 57.98. It was just a neck back to Joy and Fun third.

Results Chart for the race from Racing Post which includes a link to the video replay.

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