Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm had yet more reason to celebrate this weekend, when resident sire Oratorio was responsible for three individual winners at Hollywoodbets Greyville on Sunday.
Oratorio runners dominated the last four races on the Greyville card on Sunday, with the son of Danehill the sire of the winners of three of the last four races run this last Sunday.
Oratorio’s first success at Greyville came when his son Grande Maestro stayed on to land the fifth race, while scoring by a neck under inform rider Warren Kennedy. Grande Maestro’s paternal half-brother Gentleman’s Wager provided Oratorio with a double when he romped home to a four and a quarter length win in race seven, while Oratorio’s final KZN success on Sunday came courtesy of his son Quick Star. The latter stayed on nicely to post a one length score when victorious in the eighth and final race on the card.
Yet another by Oratorio, three-year-old filly Centre Stage, ran second in Sunday’s fourth race.
The triple G1 winning Oratorio, recently represented by his 100th stakes horse, has been enjoying another cracking season in 2019-2020, with his star gallopers including G2 New Turf Carriers Merchants winner Mardi Gras, G3 Victress Stakes heroine Snapscan, and Racing Association Stakes winner, and G1 Cape Guineas runner up, Viva Rio, among others.
A dual champion sire in Italy, Oratorio has two well bred colts on this week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.