Avontuur’s resident sire Oratorio could again make headlines this weekend. The former European Champion’s son Military Attack looks a leading contender for Sunday’s G1 Longines Hong Kong Cup –a race in which he finished a close second last year.
Now in the care of Caspar Fownes, the ever-green seven year old recently won the G2 Longines Jockey Club Cup over the same course and distance as Sunday’s big race –beating fellow Cup contender Blazing Speed in the process.
Hong Kong’s Horse Of The Year in 2012-2013, the four time G1 winning Military Attack will jump from pole position in Sunday’s HK$25,000,000 event and once again gets the services of jockey Zac Purton, who won the Jockey Club Cup aboard him last time out.
His champion sire Oratorio, twice Italy’s leading sire by prize money, has more than 40 stakes winners to his credit thus far, including this year’s G1 Underwood Stakes hero Mourinho. The latter is a typically durable son of Oratorio, having won or placed in ten stakes races and earned more than AUS$1.3 million in prize money.
Mourinho’s sire will be strongly represented at next month’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale. Oratorio’s first 31 South African bred yearlings to sell includes a filly out of G2 winner Mochachino (Lot 29), a half sister to G2 Sceptre Stakes winner Reflective Image (Lot 122), a half brother to globetrotting feature race winner Nocturnal Affair (Lot 153), a half brother to G1 Golden Horse Casino Sprint hero Contador (Lot 212), and a regally bred half sister to Equus Champion 2YO Colt and young sire Soft Falling Rain (Lot219).