Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s successful sire Oratorio looks to have yet another cracking prospect to his name in the form of the regally bred four-year-old Jetorio.
The latter, bred and owned by the Amms in partnership with Avontuur, made a winning debut when running on strongly to score over 1600m at Turffontein on Saturday.
Trained by Sean Tarry and ridden to victory by S’Manga Khumalo, Jetorio burst through late to get up and win by half a length, with offspring of world class sires Frankel and Snitzel among those behind her.
The blue blooded Jetorio, who is from Oratorio’s first South African crop, is out of exceptional racemare River Jetez (a full-sister to Triple Horse Of The Year Pocket Power), whose victories included both the 2010 G1 J&B Met and Dubai’s Balanchine Stakes.
She was one of two South African winners over the weekend for Oratorio, with the latter’s 3yo gelded son Sound Of Voices shedding his maiden over 1600m on Friday.
Oratorio, also broodmare sire of Godolphin’s Saturday debut winner Stealth Fighter, enjoyed a phenomenal season in 2017-2018 with his juveniles. The former European champion, and triple G1 winner, ended the season as South Africa’s third Leading Sire of 2yos by prize money, with Oratorio’s stellar 2yos of last season including G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion 1-2 finishers Van Halen and Cue The Music, G3 fillies Cloud Break and Petra, and Listed East Cape Fillies Nursery winner Carlita.
Cue The Music, who had previously downed Van Halen when winning the G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes, was recently named KZN Racing’s Champion 2YO Colt for last season.
Oratorio, a G1 winner at both two and three, has sired more than 90 stakes horses the world over and his progeny have earned more than $60 million in stakes.