Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s world class sire Oratorio was represented by his 46th individual stakes winner when his son Hawke landed Friday’s Listed Carlingford Stakes at Dundalk.
The well-bred four-year-old gelding was held up in the running early on of Friday’s 2100m contest but hit the front with two furlongs to run and stayed on well to register a 1.75 lengths as the prohibitive 5/4 favourite.
Hawke was coming into the race off a close third to G1 Secretariat Stakes runner up Long Island Sound in the G3 Text Your Bet To Paddy Power on 51465 Diamond Stakes.
Bred on the same Oratorio/Sadler’s Wells cross as G1 Dewhurst Stakes winner and champion Beethoven, Hawke has now won or placed in seven of his 16 outings.
His triple G1 winning sire Oratorio is close to having half a century of stakes winners to his credit, with his previous notable runners including Hong Kong Horse Of The Year Military Attack, and G1 winners Banchee, Beethoven, Manawanui and Temida.
Oratorio, whose offspring include more than 70 black type performers, has enjoyed a magnificent year in the South African sales ring, where his offspring have fetched up to R3.2 million.
While Oratorio’s first crop of South African bred foals are set to race in 2016-2017, he is no stranger to siring high class local runners, with Oratorio’s handful of local runners including the graded winners Orator’s Daughter and Ottimo, as well as Listed Sophomore Sprint hero Soweto Slew.