Oratorio daughter lands Acacia
Orator’s Daughter, a filly by Avontuur’s exciting young sire Oratorio, scored the first stakes win of her career when successful in Saturday’s Gr3 Acacia Handicap at Turffontein.
Given a superb ride by Anton Marcus, Orator’s Daughter made the early running in the R250 000 contest, heading Uptothemoon and Flitter in the early stages of the 1600m race.
The grey filly however was headed by Love Vivien in the final two furlongs, and Orator’s Daughter looked a spent force – only for Anton Marcus to re-rally his mount. Marcus coaxed an extra bit out of his gallant mount, who fought back gamely to score a half length win over Uptothemoon, who flew up late to deny Love Vivien the second berth.
Orator’s Daughter, fourth in last year’s Gr1 SA Fillies Classic, has now won four of six outings for owners Markus and Ingrid Jooste.
Out of the O’Reilly mare Irish Edition, Orator’s Daughter was a R800 000 purchase at the 2011 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.
She is the 40th stakes winner for her sire Oratorio, who has topped the general sires list in Italy for the past two seasons.
Oratorio, whose son Military Attack recently won the HK G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup for the second year in a row, also ended 2013 as the seventh leading sire of stakes winners in Europe – ahead of such outstanding stallions as Shamardal, Pivotal, Danehill Dancer, and Montjeu.
A triple G1 winner and European Champion, Oratorio has a proven track record in South Africa. From just a handful of South African representatives, the son of Danehill has already sired the likes of Ottimo, Orator’s Daughter, Soweto Slew, Magical Eve and Fun Sunzi, to name but a few.
Winner of the G1 Prix Jean Lac Lagardere, G1 Eclipse Stakes and G1 Irish Champion Stakes, Oratorio covered an outstanding first book of mares in South Africa last season.
Fully booked in 2013, Oratorio’s first local mates included champion River Jetez and Gr1 winner and proven producer, Sarabande.
He stands alongside outstanding sire Var at Avontuur.