Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s triple G1 winning sire Oratorio, whose promising daughter Athalia recently won for a third time from just four starts, had another good weekend this past week, with the son of Danehill responsible for four Southern African winners over the past weekend –as well having success at Hollywoodbets Greyville in a barrier trial.
Oratorio’s first local success over the past weekend came when his Drakenstein Stud bred and owned filly Speechmaker got off the mark at Fairview.
The Tara Laing trained Speechmaker made a winning polytrack debut when scoring a half-length maiden win over 1300m on Friday.
Her sire struck twice in Southern African on Saturday, with the Oratorio sired Some Song scoring at Borrowdale, and the sire’s son Viva Rio victorious at Kenilworth on the same day.
Bred by the Gold Star Stud, the Glen Kotzen trained Viva Rio had been second last time out, and duly got out of the maidens on Saturday when the gelding scored a two and three quarter length win over 1600m at Kenilworth.
His sire Oratorio also had success at Hollywoodbets Greyville the following day, where the in-form sire’s son Dickens romped home to shed his maiden by nearly six lengths for in-form trainer Johan Janse Van Vuuren and red-hot jockey Keagan De Melo. Bred by Avontuur, Dickens had been second in his last two starts and appeared to relish the step up to 2000 metres.
Oratorio also had a smart looking barrier trial winner on Sunday when his M J Odendaal (whose first win as a trainer came courtesy of Oratorio’s son Cavalieri) trained son Quick Star romped home over 1000m at Hollywoodbets Greyville.
Already a dual Champion Sire in Italy, and the sire of more than 50 stakes winners, Oratorio has made a cracking start to the 2019-2020 South African racing season, and, at the time of writing, is currently third on the South African general sires list.