Avontuur’s resident sire Oratorio, whose first crop of South African bred yearlings go on sale at the CTICC this week, is responsible for numerous top class and tough gallopers.
One of his very best sons to date is the tough as teak Australian galloper Mourinho, a millionaire and winner of last year’s G1 Underwood Stakes.
Now an eight-year-old, Mourinho appears on track to defend his title in Saturday’s G2 Australia Stakes, a 1200m race run at Moonee Valley.
The gelding’s trainer Peter Gelagotis is delighted with his charge, and he is hoping to point Mourinho towards a start in the G1 Australian Cup later in the year.
Gelagotis said of his gallant old warrior, “He has come back super, you wouldn’t know he is an eight-year-old. “I think the horse is in pristine order. We chanced our arm last year and by a left-field fluke we won the race. We are going into this year’s renewal with an open mind and we’re aware that it is only his second start.”
To date, Mourinho has won 11 races (six group races) and over AUS $1.3 million in stakes.
His triple G1 winning sire Oratorio has 31 well bred lots on offer at this week’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale –
Lot 7- a filly from the famed Soho Secret family whose relatives include the star females Covenant, Lady Brompton and the ill-fated champion Promisefrommyheart
Lot 11 –a colt out of a useful stakes placed mare from the family of G1 Breeders Cup Juvenile hero Texas Red.
Lot 25 – a beautifully bred filly, whose dam is a Var half sister to Graded winners Cartel and Viva, with the latter currently responsible for the lightning fast filly Cold As Ice, now in training with William Haggas
Lot 36 -a filly with plenty of paddock value, she is a half sister to three stakes horses including G1 SA Derby runner up and recent feature race winner Gothic
Lot 40 -bred on the famed Danehill/Sadler’s Wells cross, this colt is out of a seven time winning daughter of champion sire and broodmare sire Fort Wood
Lot 61 -another bred on the potent Danehill/Sadler’s Wells cross, this half brother to smart stakes winner Sunset Tripp is out of a half sister to G1 Woolavington Stakes winner Imperious Star
Lot 69 -this blue blooded colt is out of a winning half sister to Equus Champion and young sire Soft Falling Rain (like Oratorio a male line descendant of sire legend Danzig)
Lot 71 -this well related filly is a half sister to the classy stakes winning filly Royal Trip and from the family of G1 winning filly Kournikova
Lot 79 – a colt with a real international pedigree, his dam is a Giant’s Causeway half sister to G1 Australian Cup hero Starstruck
Lot 92 -interestingly inbred to the top mare Minnetonka, this well related filly is out of a winning Badger Land half sister to G2 winner Natural Selection
Lot 102-a well bred colt, he is out of a full sister to G1 sprinter Lightning Lecture, but his relatives include a Gold Cup winning champion in Colonial Girl
Lot 109 -like numerous top horses (over 30 G1 winners), this colt is inbred to the great sire Danzig. He is a half brother to top class sprinter Agra and hails from the same family as Fanciful and Cover Look
Lot 121 – another stunningly well bred colt, he is out of a full sister to the brilliant mare Schiffer and from the same family as top speedsters Royal I Q and Mentor (by the Danzig horse National Assembly)
Lot 122 -a half sister to four winners, this filly’s half sister is none other than top class filly Reflective Image, whose wins included the G2 Sceptre Stakes
Lot 153 – this well bred colt is a half brother to the top class local and international performer Nocturnal Affair, who won good races in no fewer than four different countries!
Lot 174 -this colt is out of a three time winning own sister to Fillies Guineas winner Pacific Blue, who is also closely related to G2 winner of over R700 000 Western Walk
Lot 192 -this filly is superbly bred, a half sister to stakes winning filly Dancing Natasha, she is from the same female as US Champion filly Pleasant Stage as well as former G1 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another
Lot 194 -another bred on the powerful Danehill/Sadler’s Wells cross, this colt is out of a four time winner who hails from the family of local champion Badger’s Drift, as well as legendary champions and sires Blushing Groom and Mill Reef
Lot 210 -bred on the hugely successful Danzig/Roberto cross, this well bred colt is out of a stakes winning half sister to the exported G1 SA Classic winner Love Struck
Lot 219-one of the best bred fillies on sale, this is a half sister (bred on the same Danzig line cross) to Equus Champion and globetrotting superstar Soft Falling Rain, and this is the same female line as US star filly Habibiti and Kentucky Oaks winner Gal In A Ruckus
Lot 221 -out of a four time winning Western Winter half sister to this season’s G1 3yo Abashiri, this filly’s dam is a three parts sister to the Western Winter sired Horse Of The Year Yard-Arm
Lot 224 -a half brother to smart G3 sprinter Aurum Pot, this colt is out of a half sister to 3 stakes winners, including G1 Cape Guineas winner Elusive Gold, subsequently a winner in Hong Kong