Black Caviar might not have impressed fans of the flat too much when squeezing home at Royal Ascot six weeks ago.
But another Australian raider, Ortensia, left race-goers purring as she took the £100,000 Gordon’s King George Stakes, the sole Group 2 contest on the penultimate day of Glorious Goodwood.
The seven-year-old, trained by Aussie handler Paul Messara, came good in Britain at the third attempt with a classy display in the five-furlong dash under William Buick.
A Group 1 winner in Australia and Dubai during the winter, big things were expected of the mare when she arrived on these shores earlier this season.
She disappointed when joint-favourite for the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot but ran a creditable enough race to finish fourth in the July Cup in testing conditions.
Sent off the 6/1 joint-favourite dropping back down to Group 2 level, she was towards the rear early on before being unleashed down the centre of the track by Buick.
Once she found top gear, she soon dashed to the lead and passed the post a ready winner by a length and a quarter.
The four-year-old Spirit Quartz ran another fine race to fill the runner-up spot and is undoubtedly one for the future, with Masamah rounding off the top three.
Buick, savouring his third victory of the festival with the prospect of another one or two to come on Saturday, said: “She was head and shoulders above the rest of them.
“I wanted to be just sitting behind the leaders, I don’t think she’d ever been downhill before and Paul said that I shouldn’t ask her to do anything she didn’t want to do.
“I think she’d be better over six furlongs but York (Nunthorpe) would be fine for her.
“Obviously she’ll be going back to Australia soon but I’d like it if she stayed.”
Ortensia was being supervised by Newmarket trainer Toby Coles who said: “To be fair I’ve not had to do much with her, I’ve just been overseeing things. The Royal Ascot run was a bit confusing but she ran a great race at Newmarket on ground she had never seen before.
“It wouldn’t be professional of me to say what she is going to do next, that’s up to Paul but I hope she stays.”