River Jetez, one of the toughest and most talented mares of her generation, gave birth to a Var colt last year.
Avontuur’s Pippa Mickleburgh was delighted with the filly, who is from Oratorio’s first local crop of foals. Pippa describes the foal as “She’s classy and athletic – and is the image of her mom.”
River Jetez, a full-sister to Triple Horse Of The Year Pocket Power, raced at the highest levels from three to eight years and was competitive in major races on four different continents.
Not only did River Jetez win the 2010 Gr1 J&B Met (beating Pocket Power in the process), but the gutsy bay won five other graded races, and ended her career having won or placed in no fewer than 11Grade 1 races.
She ended her career with a successful overseas campaign which saw the blue blooded River Jetez (by champion sire Jet Master out of broodmare of the year Stormsvlei) land the Gr2 Balanchine Stakes, and place in three of the world’s top races – the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free (2nd), Gr1 Singapore Airlines International Cup (2nd) and Beverly D Stakes (3rd).
Oratorio, whose first crop of South African born foals have really caught the eye, was a European Champion at both two and three.
A dual Champion Sire in Italy, Oratorio’s numerous high-class offspring include such Grade 1 winners as Military Attack, Biz The Nurse, Beethoven, Banchee and Manawanui, and he is also the sire of talented sprinter Scream Blue Murder – winner of the recent Group 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes.
A triple Group 1 winning son of Danehill, Oratorio has a 2014 stud fee of R100 000.