Debut winner for Oratorio | Cape Breeders Club

Debut winner for Oratorio

15th Mar 2019

Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s proven G1 sire Oratorio, who is represented on both the Cape and National Yearling Sale this year, had a debut winner at Fairview on Friday.

The Oratorio sired two-year-old colt Gold Dragon, who was backed in from 20-1 down to 13-1, stayed on gamely to post a first out win by a short head over 1200 metres for owner-trainer Gavin Smith and jockey Stallone Naidoo.

Bred by the Favour Stud, and out of Silvano mare Clematis, Gold Dragon was a R60 000 buy from the 2018 National Two Year Old Sale.

His sire Oratorio, himself a G1 winner and champion at two, is no stranger to siring winning two-year-olds, with Oratorio’s past notable performers including the G1 two-year-olds Beethoven, Banchee, Fencing Master, Van Halen, Ancestry, and Cue The Music.

A triple G1 winner and dual champion sire in Italy, Oratorio has two fillies on offer at Sunday’s Cape Yearling Sale, and he also has a large, quality  draft on offer at this year’s National Sale in April.

Oratorio’s 18 strong National Sale draft includes a half-sister (Lot 250) to G1 winner King Of Pain, a half-brother (Lot 337) to July winning champion Big City Life, and a filly (Lot 344) out of Cape Fillies Guineas winner Emerald Beauty.

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