Oratorio’s champion son Military Attack picked up yet another major race when he was victorious in Saturday’s G2 Longines Jockey Club Cup at Sha Tin.
The former Hong Kong Horse Of The Year narrowly edged former G1 QE II Cup winner Blazing Speed to land the 2000m contest by a head. It was another half length back to third place finisher Beauty Only.
He is now likely to be aimed at the G1 Hong Kong Cup in December, where the seven-year-old Military Attack will bid to improve on his short head second last year.
Winning trainer Casper Fownes was delighted by the gelding’s win, saying, “He’s had a lot of problems. Last season it was his feet and this time it’s his joints and a suspensory. It’s been a battle, day in and day out. The vets have done a great job, and my team as well, they’ve worked really hard. Everyone has put in the hours to just get that result for the owners and for the fans in Hong Kong.
“He’s getting on in age but I’m sure he’ll still be a force on the big day. I’d say he’ll strip a little bit fitter from this run, as I’m sure the second horse will – that was a big run from him, too. I’ll try to have him the best I can on the day.”
Military Attack has now notched up 13 wins with his victories coming from 1600 to 2000m. To date, he has won eight group races with his major victories coming in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Among the son of Oratorio’s greatest wins were the G1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup, G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup and two runnings of the G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup.
Military Attack’s sire has been enjoying another fine run of success in 2015, with his other major winners including recent G1 Underwood Stakes winner Mourinho.
The triple G1 winning European champion Oratorio will be represented by his first local yearlings at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.