Avontuur’s world class sire Oratorio has certainly built up a superb record in Italy. The triple G1 winning son of Danehill has twice headed the General Sires List in Italy, where his offspring have won such noteworthy races as the Italian Oaks, Italian Derby, Italian 1000 Guineas and the Gran Premio Di Milano, to name a few.
Oratorio had another black type winner in Italy last Sunday when his four-year-old son Pentagono picked up the Listed Premio Viollo Borghese Mem Francesco Cadoni at Capannelle.
In landing the 2200m contest, Pentagono accounted for red hot favourite Bertinoro by half a length, while it was another one and three quarter lengths back to the third place finisher, Slowpoke. It was a first black type win for Pentagono, now a five time winner.
The sire of more than 40 stakes winners to date, Oratorio is also the sire of recent G1 Underwood Stakes winner and millionaire Mourinho. The latter features among the third acceptances for the $3.05 million Cox Plate to be run on October 24th.
Oratorio has another talented Aussie based son to his credit in the form of G3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner Sons Of John, who ran a cracking third in Saturday’s G1 Epsom Handicap. Sons Of John looks capable of providing his fashionable sire with potentially yet another major G1 score.
To date, the progeny of Oratorio have won G1 races in Australia, Britain, Germany,Hong Kong, Italy, New Zealand, and Singapore and they have earned in excess of $45 million in stakes. His much anticipated first South African yearlings sell in 2016.