CLASSICALLY BRED SIRE HAS PLENTY TO OFFER
Oracy, recently represented by his first winner, has the look of classic sire –whose progeny (typical of this remarkable male line) will improve with time and a step up to the more classic distance of 1600m plus.
A top-class racehorse who earned over R1 million during his racing career, Oracy won seven races from 1450 to 1800m.
The handsome colt won his first five races on the trot and his five race winning streak included victories in both the Gr2 Gauteng Guineas and Gr2 Dingaans.
Remarkably, Oracy won the Dingaans (beating multiple Gr1 winner Forest Path in the process) on just his second racecourse appearance.
His classic victory in the Gauteng Guineas (the first leg of the SASCOC Triple Crown) saw Oracy account for a field which included world class speedster Cerise Cherry, millionaire Vertical Takeoff and Gr1 SA Derby victor Bouquet-Garni.
Oracy then put up a mighty performance to account for Gr2 November Handicap winner Seattle Ice, beating the latter by two and a half lengths, with fellow high-class performers Rudi Rocks, Magical and Meet At Malamala well beaten.
Before retiring to stud, Oracy would go on to win the Gr3 London News Stakes, where he accounted for the likes of Captain Scott, Dan De Lago and multiple Gr1 winner and July runner up, Buy And Sell.
A handsome individual, Oracy cost AUS $400 000 as a yearling – or the equivalent of over R3.8 million.
He is a son of outstanding sire Zabeel – who was twice Champion Sire in Australia, and four times Champion Sire in New Zealand.
Zabeel’s 148 stakes winners have earned in excess of $170 000 000 throughout the world, and include no fewer than 3 Melbourne Cup winners and 4 Cox Plate winners. His impressive tally of major stakes winners also include four AJC Australian Derby winners, four Queensland Oaks winners, and three Caulfield Cup winners.
To date, Zabeel has been represented by no fewer than 43 individual Grade One winners.
Zabeel’s champions include the likes of Vengeance of Rain, Octagonal and Might And Power – all of whom were named Horse of the Year – as well as the unbeaten Reset, himself a highly successful stallion.
He is also the sire of local champion and Vodacom Durban July winner Greys Inn – himself a successful young sire.
Zabeel’s grandson, Lonhro, was Champion Sire in Australia in 2011, and is currently a shuttle sire to North America.
Oracy’s female line is a strong one, and his close relatives number ten black type performers. His dam, Lady Dehere, was a top-class racemare who was the second top 2yo on the New Zealand Free Handicap in 2001-2002, when her victories included the Gr2 Matamata Breeders Stakes. At stud, Lady Dehere proved equally successful, producing 3 black type performers – including stakes winning filly, The Lady.
Lady Dehere, in turn, is a half-sister to the outstanding racemare Sea Siren, who was subsequently sold to Coolmore following an Australian campaign which saw her win three Gr1 sprints – including the Manikato Stakes and BTC Cup.
Oracy, whose third dam is a Gr1 winner, shares his broodmare sire, Dehere, with one of the world’s most exciting young sires, Midnight Lute. The latter, a dual winner of the Gr1 Breeders Cup Sprint, made a bright start to his stud career – with his first crop including the Gr1 winners Midnight Lucky (Acorn Stakes) and Shakin It Up (Malibu Stakes).
It is also interesting to note that Oracy has a very similar pedigree to Cox Plate winner and successful sire, Savabeel. Both horses are sons of Zabeel, and, while Savabeel is out of a mare by Success Express, Oracy’s second dam is by that former Breeders Cup Juvenile winner.
Savabeel, currently the third leading sire in New Zealand, is regarded as one of New Zealand’s most successful sires. To date, the multiple Gr1 winning son of Zabeel has sired more than 30 stakes winners – which include five Gr1 winners, and three major classic winners.
Oracy is a young sire, whose progeny continue to fire as they progress. There has already been plenty of positive talk about Oracy’s youngsters, and this is a young sire to follow as the season progresses.