Oratorio star on track for Group One
Biz The Nurse, a son of Avontuur’s world leading sire Oratorio, recorded his fourth consecutive win when he won Sunday’s Group 2 Premio Federico Tesio Stakes at San Siro. It was a gutsy performance by the colt, who had to tote a 2kg penalty in the 2200m race, but still managed to eke out a narrow win – despite having been off the course for nearly three months.
Trainer Stefano Botti was delighted by the win, as he felt the colt was only 80% fit.
Unbeaten at three, Biz The Nurse has now won three group races in a row. The colt had made history previously when becoming the first 3yo in nearly 20 years to win the important Group One Gran Premio Di Milano.
He had previously won the Group 2 Derby Italiano – in the process giving his sire a rare Italian Classic double (Oratorio daughter Cherry Collect having won the Italian Oaks last year). To date, Biz The Nurse has won six of seven starts to date, and nearly GBP 700 000 in prize money.
Out of a Tobougg mare, Biz The Nurse will be aimed next at the Gp1 Gran Premio Del Jockey Club.
His sire, Oratorio, was champion sire in Italy in 2012, and is on track to record his second consecutive title. The Danehill horse is, at the time of writing, is more than EU 200 000 clear of the runner up on the 2013 Italian General sires log.
Sire of 17 stakes winners in 2013, Oratorio is fully booked for his initial South African season. He has been booked to cover an outstanding book of mares this season, with his mates including River Jetez, Sarabande, Hidden Beauty and State Coach (dam of last season’s Derby winner Silvano’s Jet).