Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm’s in-form resident stallion Oratorio enjoyed another good weekend this week, when the triple G1 winning son of Danehill had a treble of South African winners.
Oratorio’s weekend treble kicked off when his 3yo daughter Velvet Thunder scored a three parts of a length maiden win over 1200m at Fairview on Friday.
The filly, making just her second career outing, was bred by Golden Touch Thoroughbred Services and is out of the Goldkeeper mare Velvet’s Image.
Former European Champion Oratorio went onto enjoy a notable double at Turffontein two days later, when his Ensemble and Divine Odyssey won races four and five respectively.
Remarkably, the pair were Oratorio’s only runners at Turffontein that day.
Bred by the Backworth Stud, three-year-old filly Ensemble, who had been placed in each of her five previous starts, was rewarded for consistency when she dug down deep to deny first-timer Vida Es Bella victory by a head when scoring over 1160m on Sunday.
Ensemble, a member of Oratorio’s first South African crop, was a R110 000 buy from the 2016 National Yearling Sale.
The Johan Janse Van Vuuren trained Divine Odyssey showed his class when holding off a late charge from Wolf Power Handicap winner Arctica to land a pinnacle stakes over 1600m by half a length in courageous fashion.
Out of the Dynasty mare Divine Right, Divine Odyssey has now won his last two starts in a row, and has won or placed in five of his seven starts to date.
His sire Oratorio, a dual champion sire in Italy, has enjoyed a tremendous season in South Africa in 2017-2018, with his stakes winners including 2yo stars Van Halen and Cue The Music –the first and second place finishers respectively in the recent G1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion. He will be represented by fancied runners, Cue The Music and Believe The Best respectively, in Saturday’s G2 Durban Golden Horseshoe and Samsung Golden Slipper.
Oratorio will be represented by a single lot at this week’s KZN Yearling Sale –a filly (Lot 204) whose half-sister Mazari ran second in the Listed Devon Air Stakes and who contests Saturday’s G2 Golden Slipper, from the family of champions Kochka and Jay Peg.