ORATORIO, VAR SET TRACKS ALIGHT
Two stallions who really been enjoying a great time of late are the Avontuur pair of Var and Oratorio.
Oratorio, who was champion sire in Italy last season, was represented by yet another feature race winner when Military Attack won the G3 January Cup at Sha Tin last Wednesday.
Another Oratorio progeny to follow this year is the classic hope Viztoria, who looked a smart prospect when bolting home in a Listed race last year.
One of the very best sons of the legendary sire Danehill, Oratorio’s progeny include no fewer than 27 stakes winners. His sons and daughters have earned over $16 million thus far and include four Gr1 winners to date.
Oratorio himself was a Gr1 winner at both two and three, and his six wins netted him over 1 million pounds in prize money. His G1 triumphs included scores in the PIrx Jean Lac Lagardere, Eclipse Stakes and Irish Champion Stakes.
Avontuur’s resident stallion, Var, has been flying this season, and is currently South Africa’s leading sire of both 2yos and 3yos.
The brilliant son of Forest Wildcat is also second on the general sires list, behind the ill-fated reigning champion, Jet Master.
Long well regarded as a source of speed and precocity, Var’s juveniles have been in sensational form this season.
From just 11 juveniles to race, Var has had seven either to win or place. He is the only sire in South Africa, at the time of writing, to have been represented by more than two juvenile winners. Needless to say, this total is bound to increase substantially with a number of well bred youngsters still waiting in the wings.
His 3yos have been even more impressive. To date, Var’s 3yo crop include no fewer than 12 black type performers! They include the brilliant fillies Via Africa, Schiffer and Valdivia