03/31/2012 12:18PM

Dubai World Cup: Ortensia scores one for Australia by going last to first in Al Quoz Sprint

Andrew Watkins
Ortensia goes last to first to win the Al Quoz Sprint. The Australian runner paid $7.20 in United States betting pools.

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A powerful late kick by the 7-year-old mare Ortensia carried her from last to first in Saturday’s $1 million Al Quoz Sprint, setting off a celebration from Meydan to Austraila.

Ortensia, an Australian-bred daughter of Testa Rossa, was last of 15 runners early on, but was moved widest of all with less than a quarter-mile to run and she outfinished Sole Power by 1 1/4 lengths. It was a neck back to Joy and Fun in third. ortensi paid $7.20 in United States betting pools.

Regally Ready, last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner, faded badly after vying for the early lead and finished 14th, beaten 10 1/4 lengths. Veterinarians did a pre-race check of Regally Ready at the gate before clearing him to run.

Ortensia won for the 11th time in 30 career starts. She was making her first start since last Nov. 19 when she won a Group 1 in Australia.