Oratorio colt stamps himself a world class racehorse
Avontuur’s world class stallion Oratorio’s remarkable season just gets better and better!
On Sunday, his son Biz The Nurse became the first 3yo in 27 years to land one of Italy’s premier contests, the Gp1 Gran Premio di Milano.
In the process, not only did Biz The Nurse, who won his first two starts this year by a combined six lengths, defeat a high-class field of older horses over 2400 metres, he joined a truly impressive group of horses who have won the Gran Premio Di Milano.
Previous winners of the Gran Premio Di Milano include such racing and breeding legends as Nearco and Ribot, while more recent winners include Prix de L’ Arc de Triomphe winner Tony Bin, Dubai World Cup hero Electrocutionist and world champion Falbrav.
Biz The Nurse, who beat another of Oratorio’s progeny, Vola E Va into fourth place, has now won four of his five starts to date. Last time out, the colt won Italy’s premier event for 3yos, the Gp2 Derby Italiano, by four lengths.
To date, the colt (who looks certain to contest some of the world’s premier turf races later in the year) has earned over 400 000 euros, or over R5 300 000.
His sire Oratorio has had a sensational spell recently. He is the sire of one of the world’s top rated gallopers in Military Attack, who won both the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup as well as the G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup. Another of Oratorio’s offspring is the high-class filly Viztoria, who, but for being a last minute scratching, could have further gilded her sire’s record in the Irish 1000 Guineas.
Yet another high-class filly by the former champion is Esentepe, a likely runner in Saturday’s Gr1 Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Oratorio is truly a global success story!