Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s popular young sire Oratorio made a splash on the first day of the 2017 Premier Yearling Sale at Karaka on Monday.
His champion daughter Banchee was responsible for a $750 000 Savabeel filly, who was knocked down to Godolphin. It was a first Premier Sale buy for Godolphin, whose agent John Ferguson signed for the blue blooded yearling.
Ferguson said of the filly, “We have well over 200 horses racing in Australia and we are constantly looking to upgrade our potential broodmare band. This filly has an impeccable pedigree and is from a hot young sire so it certainly made sense to try and buy her. We had a team look at her and they all said she was a quality individual, a very athletic type who was beautifully prepared so I’m delighted to secure her.”
Ferguson indicated the filly would be sent to the Sheikh’s Godolphin racing operation in Australia where he would be prepared for her racing career from the John O’Shea stable.
Banchee’s daughter was the third joint top lot sold on day one of the Premier Sale.
Her dam was New Zealand’s Champion 2YO of 2009-2010, with her six victories including the G1 Diamond Stakes and G2 Matamata Breeders’ Stakes.
Banchee is one of seven G1 winners sired by former European Champion Oratorio, whose very first South African foaled runner, Sacred Oration, won first time out.
Oratorio’s daughters are also making their mark at stud, with the triple G1 winner featuring as broodmare sire of such high class stakes performers Dolce Strega and Viren’s Army.
He is also broodmare sire of a Captain Al colt who fetched R4.5 million at the recent Cape Premier Yearling Sale.