Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s resident sire Oratorio had a memorable day on Friday, when the son of Danehill supplied a trio of winners in South Africa.
Oratorio’s first winner came when his five-year-old son Torio Lake scored a thrilling win over 1200m at Fairview on turf.
The Singh bred gelding collected the second win of his career, when holding on to post a head victory on Friday with another Oratorio son, tote favourite Beethoven, finishing third.
Trained by Duncan McKenzie, Torio Lake has been the soul of consistency of late, and has now won or placed in each of his last five starts.
His triple G1 winning sire went on to enjoy a quick double at Hollywoodbets Greyville that same evening, with Oratorio progeny winning races six and seven at that Durban based track.
Smart four-year-old filly Petra, third in the G3 Strelitzia Stakes as a two-year-old, scored a courageous win for trainers Robbie and Shannon Hill when that Wilgerbosdrift & Mauritzfontein bred filly found more in the closing stages to account for the very smart Made In Hollywood over 1100m on the polytrack.
Her paternal half-sister Song Of The Forest provided Oratorio with his third South African success on Friday when scoring for trainer Louis Goosen over 1200m. Bred by Mr & Mrs Christmas, Song Of The Forest has now won two in a row, with the filly having romped home to a facile 3.5 length win at her penultimate start.
Sire of more than 50 stakes winners the world over, Oratorio has been enjoying a great season in 2019-2020 thus far and is currently fourth on South Africa’s General Sires List, with his progeny having already banked over R3.4 million this season.
Oratorio has two well-bred colts on offer at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale –a full-brother to G1 Premiers Champion Stakes runner up Ancestry, and a half-brother (Lot 211) to Kings Cup hero Dark Moon Rising.