Ortensia takes York glory

Joint favourite Ortensia triumphed in the Nunthorpe States at the Ebor Festival in York.

Ortensia takes York glory

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Jockey William Buick rode the Australian horse to victory, narrowly ahead of Spirit Quartz.

Ortensia finished strongly to delight trainer Paul Messara.

"That was fabulous," said Messara. "Winning a big one like this over here was huge for us."

Buick told Channel 4: "I don't know how she won. It was very fast.

"I can hold a straight course all the way, and she's so much better when she doesn't have to twist in or out."

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