Oratorio son downs Melbourne Cup winner
Avontuur’s leading young sire Oratorio was once again in the headlines when his son Mourinho landed Saturday’s G2 Crown Golden Ale Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield racecourse.
The ever green veteran accounted for a star studded field to land the spoils in Saturday’s feature, which saw 2014 G1 Melbourne Cup hero Protectionist attempt to make his eagerly awaited comeback. However the son of Monsun could only finish a well beaten sixth after an uneasy trip which saw Protectionist stuck last on the turn.
It was left to Mourinho and multiple G1 winner Happy Trails to fight out the finish to the 1800m contest, which saw Oratorio’s son prevail by three parts of a length over the AUS$2.8 million earner Happy Trails.
Mourinho’s trainer Peter Gelagotis was delighted by the win, commenting, “He’s absolutely flying,” Gelagotis said after the win.“ He’s exceeded our expectations so far. Coming into today’s race I had a lot, a lot of confidence. On paper to me the horse looked the winner. I like to see him just keep progressing and improving. He’s in very vintage form for a horse of this stature.”
The 8yo Mourinho, who had finished third last time out in the G1 C F Orr Stakes, will now bid to win the first G1 race of his career when he lines up in the Australian Cup on March 14th. Saturday’s win pushed Mourinho’s earnings to over AUS $960 000, and it will surely not be long before he breaks the $1 million barrier.
Now a nine time winner, Mourinho, who was produced by the Generous mare Benevolent, has now won four group races, with his placings including another four at group level.
He is one of 42 stakes winners for Oratorio, whose offspring have amassed over $40 000 000 in stakes. Danehill’s champion son has twice topped the Italian sires list, and his star runners include champions Banchee, Beethoven, Biz The Nurse and Military Attack.
A triple Group 1 winner and multiple European Champion, Oratorio’s first foals have arrived to rave reviews last season and he once again covered a stellar book of mares in 2014.