Sons Of John, a son of Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s exciting sire Oratorio, made it win number seven when prevailing in a thrilling finish to Saturday’s G3 Bill Ritchie Handicap at Randwick.
Superbly ridden by Blake Shinn, the gelding dug down deep to hold off a wall of challenges in Saturday’s $126 600 contest and prevail by a neck from Torgersen. Federal was another neck back in third place.
Trainer Jason Attard is keen to aim the gelding at the G1 Epsom Handicap –a race in which Sons Of John finished third last year.
It was always the aim to go back and have another crack at the Epsom,” Attard said.
“That is why we went to the Tramway then here today just to have two lead up runs to go to the Epsom and he should be nice and fit and ready to go.”
One of 45 stakes winners to represent Oratorio thus far, Sons Of John (who has earned over AUS$430 000 in prize money) had previously tasted group race success when he scored a two and a half length win in the 2015 G3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup.
The $1 000 000 Epsom Handicap is set to take place at Randwick on October 1st.
Triple G1 winner and European champion Oratorio, whose first South African yearlings fetched up to R3.2 million last season, has nine members of his first local crop of two-year-olds on offer at next month’s CTS Ready To Run Sale at Durbanville:
Lot 20 – a half brother to a five time winner, this colt is out of a winning daughter of Equus Champion and classic winner Monyela –the latter being a three parts sister to legendary Horse Of The Year and successful sire Horse Chestnut
Lot 52 – this well bred colt is a half brother to 4 winners, including globetrotting G3 winner Nocturnal Affair –who won races in South Africa, Dubai, Britain and Ireland. Out of a useful stakes placed sister to a stakes winning 2yo, his damsire Centenary is by Alydar -sire of Oratorio’s second dam –and, like Oratorio himself, a descendant of the great mare Real Delight
Lot 57 – this filly, a half sister to 5 winners, is out of a three time winning own sister to the dam of G1 winner and Equus Champion Pointing North. Like the filly on sale, Pointing North was by a Danzig line sire. This is also the family of record breaking G1 Queen’s Plate winner Wainui
Lot 65 – out of a half sister to G2 2yo Rebel To The Fore (also a Danzig line filly), this colt’s dam is a daughter of champion sire and emerging broodmare sire Captain Al and this is the family of top class stakes winner Joyous Dancer among others
Lot 103 – out of a six time winning mare, this colt’s Fort Wood sired second dam is a half sister to G2 Merchants winner Super Home and this is the same family as champion sprinter and top class sire Song
Lot 107 – bred to be speedy, this colt (a half brother to 3 multiple winners) is out of a stakes placed half sister to world class and multiple Equus Award winning sprinter J J The Jet Plane, and to 2 other stakes performers. Inbred to Ribot and Flower Bowl through brilliant siblings His Majesty and Graustark
Lot 108 – a half brother to 2 winners, this colt is out of a stakes placed daughter of champion sire and top class broodmare sire Captain Al (damsire of G1 winners Gunner, Potent Power and Same Jurisdiction). His third dam, by champion sire/broodmare sire Royal Prerogative is G1 winning 2yo Royal Glitter
Lot 143 – out of a Model Man half sister to feature race winner Buscador, this filly is from the great Party Time family, responsible for such top class fillies as champion In The Fast Lane, recent Fillies Guineas winner Heaps Of Fun, G1 winning 2yo Chestnuts N Pearls, and US graded winner Consumer Credit
Lot 156 – a half brother to a winner, this colt (inbred to Danzig) has a second dam who is a half sister to G1 winners Al Nitak and The Sheik, and this is the same family as local Horse Of The Year Politician and English classic hero Ragusa among others