Irish honour for Oratorio son
Hong Kong Horse Of The Year Military Attack, a son of Avontuur’s world-class new sire Oratorio, recently added another award to his already impressive resume. He was named Champion Older Horse for 2013 at the ITBA National Breeding and Racing Awards in Ireland last Saturday.
Military Attack won no fewer than five group races during Hong Kong’s 2012-2013 season. His victories included scores in two of the world’s top races – the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup and G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup. To date, the brilliant galloper has won 10 races from 1600-2000m, and he received a rating of 124 on the Longines’s rankings of the world’s top thoroughbreds of 2013.
His sire, Oratorio, enjoyed huge success during 2013 when his 18 stakes winners included the sensational Biz The Nurse, winner of the Gr1 Gran Premio Di Milano, as well as exciting classic prospect for 2014, Cape Factor.
Champion Sire in Italy for the past two years, Oratorio is the sire of 39 stakes winners to date – which include six Grade/Group One winners.
His offspring, who have won major races in all of Britain, Dubai, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong, have earned in excess of $29 000 000 at the time of writing.
A champion son of the great Danehill, Oratorio, who stood his initial South African season for a fee of R80 000, covered an outstanding book of mares last season. These included the Gr1 winners River Jetez (J&B Met) and Sarabande (Majorca Stakes), as well as the likes of Hidden Beauty (SA Fillies Nursery), State Coach (dam of G2W Silvano’s Jet), Mitra (a half-sister to champion Val De Ra), and Purple Lake (G3 Magnolia Handicap).
Oratorio, who was a triple Group One winner on the track, looks a tremendous addition to South Africa’s stallion band, which has sadly shrunk in recent times.