Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s triple G1 winning sire Oratorio had a tremendous few days over the past weekend, with the son of Danehill responsible for five individual winners in South Africa from Friday to Sunday.
Oratorio also dominated the finish to Saturday’s G2 New Turf Carriers Merchants, where his sons Mardi Gras, Van Halen and Ultra Magnus ran 1-3-4 in that 1160m sprint.
Making his first start for trainer Sean Tarry, and coming off a lengthy layoff, talented gelding Mardi Gras stamped his authority on a high-class field when storming home to a decisive two and a quarter length win over stablemate Warrior’s Rest.
Five-year-old Mardi Gras, who was bred by Avontuur, has now won seven of 16 outings (he also triumphed in the 2019 G2 Senor Santa Stakes) for earnings of R936 988 –and it surely won’t be long, before he becomes an equine millionaire!
His sire Oratorio, responsible for a trio of South African winners on Friday, also enjoyed success the following day when his daughter Love Theme scored a courageous win over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
A dual champion sire in Italy, Oratorio is currently responsible for 99 black type horses, with his progeny having earned in excess of $65 000 000! He is currently fourth on the South African General Sires List, with Oratorio’s local runners having already banked over R3.9 million for the 2019-2020 racing season thus far.
The regally bred bay has two well bred colts on January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale –a full-brother (Lot 138) to G1 Premiers Champion Stakes runner up Ancestry, and a half-brother to Kings Cup hero Dark Moon Rising.