Avontuur Farm’s exciting young sire Oratorio is set to have a runner in the Gr1 Knob Creek Manhattan Stakes at Belmont Park this Saturday.
His outstanding son, Biz The Nurse, will be representing his sire in the $1 million race, which will be run over 2000m on Belmont’s turf track.
Jumping from a barrier draw of eight, Biz The Nurse (who has won or placed in ten of his 12 outings) will be partnered by top US jockey Joel Rosario.
Now in the care of trainer Tom Albertrani, Biz The Nurse made a winning North American debut when capturing an allowance at Gulfstream Park, and last time out ran fourth in the Gr2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland.
The five-year-old entire was an outstanding sophomore, who reeled off four consecutive wins as a three-year-old. Biz The Nurse’ earlier wins included the G1 Gran Premio Di Milano and G2 Derby Italiano, and, to date, he has earned more than £550 000 in prize money.
His sire Oratorio, whose first South African foals have arrived to rave reviews, is set to stand the 2015 season for a stud fee of R100 000.
Biz The Nurse is one of six international G1 winners sired by dual Champion Italian sire Oratorio – with the others being Banchee, Beethoven, Manawanui, Temida and Horse Of The Year Military Attack.