Avontuur’s red hot resident Oratorio is to be represented in a major Australian G1 contest for a second week running.
Last week, Oratorio’s tough-as-teak son Mourinho landed the spoils in the G1 Underwood Stakes, and this week is the stallion’s son Sons Of John seeking top flight success.
The latter is set to contest the G1 The Star Epsom Handicap at Randwick.
Unfortunately Sons Of John is drawn wide out at 15 for the 1600m contest. Trained by Jason Attard, Sons Of John has done nothing wrong recently, having run second to G1 Queensland Oaks winner and Epsom favourite Winx in the G2 Theo Marx Stakes last time out.
His rivals on Saturday include three individual G1 winners including the above mentioned Winx, as well as former G1 Turnbull Stakes winner Lucia Valentina.
The five-year-old Sons Of John has won six races from 1450m to 1800m, with his greatest career success thus far having been landing the G3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup back in June.
His sire Oratorio is currently in the top 20 on the Australian General Sires List, despite having fewer runners than all bar one of the 19 horses ahead of him. His son Mourinho, who was earned more than AUS$1.3 million in prize money, is expected to run in the G1 Cox Plate on October 24th.
Oratorio, whose 40 plus stakes winners include seven individual G1 winners, will be represented by his first South African born yearlings in 2016.