Oratorio son wins QE II Cup!
Avontuur’s world-class young sire Oratorio’s great start to 2013 continued in Hong Kong on Sunday. His son Military Attack won one of the world’s great races, the Gr1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup to take his winning streak to three.
Trained by top Hong Kong conditioner John Moore, Military Attack had previously won the Hong Kong Gold Cup – when defeating some of the country’s top performers.
Sunday’s race, however, looked tougher, and Military Attack truly showed his mettle when accounting for such world-class performers as California Memory (Hong Kong Cup), Eishin Flash (Japanese Derby), Sajjhaa (Dubai Duty Free), Ambitious Dragon (Horse of the Year), Igugu (Horse of the Year), and Treasure Beach (Irish Derby).
Now a six time winner in Hong Kong, Military Attack has earned over $19 000 000 this season alone.
Out of a Dancing Brave mare, Military Attack formerly raced in the UK under the name of Rave. He is now likely to be aimed at the Gr1 Singapore Airlines International Cup in May.
Oratorio, who is said to have settled in really well to his new home, will stand his first season in South Africa for a stud fee of R80,000. His local runners have also been catching the eye, with his offspring including such talented 3yos as Orator’s Daughter and Ottimo.
Interested parties should contact Pippa at Avontuur for more details.