Repeat win for Military Attack
Avontuur’s world-class young sire, Oratorio, is the sire of Hong Kong’s reigning Horse Of The Year, Military Attack.
The latter won Sunday’s HK G1 Citibank Hong Kong Cup Gold for the second year in a row – and looks a major contender for major honours later in the season.
Military Attack, who looked primed to the minute in the pre-race parade, was well positioned early on, when just off the pace setting Dan Excel. Ridden for the first time by Joao Moreira, Military Attack was asked to quicken with 200m left to run, and he duly pulled clear of his rivals.
His eventual winning margin in the HK $8 000 000 contest was three lengths with former G1 Champions Mile hero Dan Excel back in second.
While the Gold Cup attracted just seven runners, five were G1 winners. Military Attack had the likes of Dominant (Hong Kong Vase) and Akeed Mofeed (Hong Kong Cup) struggling in his wake in Sunday’s race.
Trained by John Moore, Military Attack has now won 11 races and over HK$36 000 000 in prize money.
Winner of both the Gr1 QE II Cup and Gr1 Singapore Airlines International Cup in 2013, Military Attack is now likely to head to Dubai. He is likely to be aimed at either the Gr1 Dubai Duty Free or Gr1 Dubai World Cup, where Military Attack will, once again, go head to head with some of the world’s top thoroughbreds.
He is one of 39 stakes winners for the triple G1 winner, Oratorio – whose offspring also include last season’s record breaking G1 winner Biz The Nurse, dual classic winner Cherry Collect, as well as the G1 winners Beethoven, Temida, Banchee and Manawanui. Oratorio is also the sire of a pair of promising 3yo fillies this season, Clenor and Cape Factor.
Oratorio, Champion Sire in Italy for the past two years, was fully booked in his first season at stud in South Africa. Danehill’s champion son covered a truly exceptional book of mares last year – with his mates include River Jetez, Sarabande, State Coach, as well as Soft Falling Rain’s half-sister, Rose Garden.