Avontuur’s exciting young sire Oratorio got his South African stud career off to the perfect start when his very first locally bred runner, Sacred Oration, lifted the first maiden juvenile plate of the season.
Bred by Patricia Devine, Sacred Oration was too speedy for his rivals and drew clear to post a three parts of a length success for trainer Grant Paddock and owners Greg Bortz and Braam Van Huyssteen.
Out of the Giant’s Causeway mare Scarlet Causeway, Sacred Oration was a bargain R125 000 buy at this year’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.
His sire Oratorio (now South Africa’s leading first crop sire) was a top class athlete and champion at both two (France) and three (Ireland).
The son of Danehill’s six wins included the G1 Irish Champion Stakes and G1 Coral Eclipse Stakes (races also won by such sire greats as Sadler’s Wells and Giant’s Causeway), and Oratorio also landed the G1 Prix Jean Luc Lagardere (Grand Criterium) as a two-year-old.
Twice champion sire in Italy, Oratorio’s 40 plus stakes winners include such G1 winners as Banchee, Beethoven, Manawanui, Military Attack, Mourinho, and Temida.
He has ten lots on offer at next month’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale including a half sister to G3 Final Fling Stakes winner Cat And The Moon (Lot 37), a half brother to useful performer Rodney (Lot 76), a half brother to G3 winning 2yo Red Chesnut Road (Lot 178), and a colt out of R700 000 plus earner Without Malice –a full sister to G1 winner Little Miss Magic (Lot 224).