Overseas hatrick for Oratorio
Avontuur’s young stallion Oratorio had a hatrick of winners in the UK on Thursday.
The former European champion’s Thursday winners came at three different racecourses in Britain.
The first of the Oratorio sired winners yesterday came in the form of Twin Appeal, who was successful at Newcastle. In winning a 1400m handicap, Twin Appeal took his tally to two wins from his last two starts.
The next Oratorio to score was Operateur, who won his fourth race in a row when successful by 3.5 lengths at Hamilton. Operateur has now won five times, and is unlikely to stop here.
Oratorio’s third winner came in the form of his daughter Oratorio’s Joy, who won a handicap at Leicester to register the fourth win of her career.
An outstanding racehorse, Oratorio (Danehill – Mahrah) won the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at two, and the Group 1 Irish Champion Stakes and Eclipse Stakes at three.
He has enjoyed equal success at stud, and was Champion Sire in Italy in 2012 and 2013.
Oratorio’s best progeny includes champions Military Attack and Banchee, and the Gr1 winners Beethoven (Dewhurst Stakes), Temida (Rhineland Pokal) and Manawanui (Golden Rose Stakes). His offspring also include the Italian classic winners Biz The Nurse (Derby Italiano) and Cherry Collect (Oaks D’Italia).
Fully booked in South Africa for his first season last year, Oratorio’s stud fee will be R100 000 in 2014.