Vulpine causes minor upset in Ortensia Stakes

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Brad Widdup knew a win was only around the corner after Vulpine’s last start heading into the $140,000 Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone, which she won on the outside and on the line.

The five-year-old mare finished almost two lengths behind Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s star sprinter Snapdancer in the $1 million Magic Millions Fillies & Mares (1300m) at Gold Coast Turf Club on January 15.

Widdup was super impressed with that performance, thinking it would hold her in good stead for Saturday’s feature.

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He was on the money about the underrated mare who continues to step up, now with seven wins and over $610,000 in prizemoney from 29 starts.

“She was excellent and I’m rapt to get a win for BK Racing & Breeding,” Widdup told Sky Racing about the $12 winning chance, with Jay Ford aboard.

“She did a great job when she ran in Queensland last.

“She’s slowly maturing and it was great to see her win.”

Stablemate and five-year-old gelding Surreal Step couldn’t get out from the pack, finishing sixth.

“He was very unlucky – he ran terrific,” Widdup said.

Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou’s Mr Mosaic never gave up, finishing second.

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