No Caviar - but another Aussie star is on the menu

William Buick will ride Ortensia in the King George Stakes

William Buick will ride Ortensia in the King George Stakes

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Black Caviar may have swerved the chance to grace Glorious Goodwood this week but there will still be one top-class Aussie mare on the Downs.

Dual Group 1 winner Ortensia will go to war in this afternoon’s prestigious five-furlong sprint – the £100,000 King George Stakes (3.45pm).

Trained by Paul Messara, the daughter of Testa Rossa has claimed top-grade wins in the Burswood-Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot, Western Australia, and the Al Quoz at Meydan in Dubai.

She has not shown her true form in two starts in England this summer, though.

A ninth place in the King’s Stand Stakes and fourth – under today’s jockey William Buick – in the July Cup were well below par.

And Messara will be keen for her to step up on those two display when she faces 16 rivals in this afternoon’s Group 2 race.

Ortensia has been based at Jane Chapple-Hyam’s Newmarket yard during her stay in England.

Chapple-Hyam will be hoping to get one over her guest, though, when she sends Secret Asset to post.

Secret Asset disappointed in the King’s Stand Stakes but his trainer is confident he can bounce back.

Chapple-Hyam said: ‘Secret Asset has come out of his disappointing run at Royal Ascot in good form.

‘A little bit of give in the ground probably didn’t suit him there.

‘I’ll be hoping it doesn’t rain today but the horse is in good order and I will be looking for a strong run from him.

‘He is a course and distance winner so that has got to help.

‘Admittedly that was in a handicap and this is a Group 2 but he has done all his gallops and he is fit and well.

‘You don’t know how good they are until you put them in the deep end and, as far as we are concerned, finishing second in the Abbaye and third in Singapore shows he is capable of running in these races.’

Reigning champion Masamah is also back to defend the title he won last term.

Today’s seven-race card begins with the Group 3 Coutts Glorious Stakes at 2pm.

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