Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s exciting sire Oratorio has made a good impression with his first local crop of two-year-olds this season, and the triple G1 winner was represented by a first feature race winner from his first South African crop of runners when son Arianos Bagofgold captured the Sentinel Stakes at Scottsville on Sunday.
Bred by Dr Ian Heyns, Arianos Bagofgold (his sire’s only runner on the card) made it two wins from just three outings when accounting for the promising Autumn In Seattle (previously unbeaten in two outings) by half a length.
Oratorio’s first South African crop also includes the undefeated Sacred Oration, a leading contender for Friday’s Listed East Cape Nursery.
Sunday’s feature race win has pushed Oratorio to the top of South Africa’s Leading First Crop Sires List.
A dual champion sire in Italy, Oratorio’s 80 plus stakes horses include the champions Military Attack, Cherry Collect and 2yo stars Beethoven and Banchee. (Another son of Oratorio, former G1 Dewhurst Stakes runner up Fencing Master, is sire of Sunday’s G3 Bloodstock South Africa 2000 winner Solinski).
From the same family as champion sires Alydar and Plum Bold, Oratorio has five lots on the upcoming Emperors Palace Select Yearling Sale including a half-brother to G2 winner Canterbury Tale (Lot 84), a half-sister to G1 Klawervlei Majorca Stakes runner up Star Express (Lot 147) and a half brother to 4 stakes winners, including champion sprinter Val De Ra (Lot 153).
The former European champion also has 21 lots on the 2017 National Yearling Sale including a filly out of the stakes winning Loupe (Lot 26), a filly out of a stakes winning half-sister to Val De Ra (Lot 52), and a half-brother to Cape Fillies Guineas winners Ebony Flyer and Captain’s Lover (Lot 207).