Avontuur Thoroughbred Farms’ resident sires Var and Oratorio both enjoyed memorable weekends this past week, with Var’s two-year-olds continuing to impress and the triple G1 winning Oratorio represented by a trio of South African winners on Saturday.
The Oratorio treble included an impressive feature race win from his daughter Mrs O, who landed Saturday’s Gold Rush Sprint , beating male opponents, for trainers Mike and Adam Azzie and jockey Weichong Marwing.
The three-year-old filly, who is from Oratorio’s first local crop of runners, took her tally to three wins from just eight outings with a neck win over Down To Zero in the 1100m feature.
Out of the Western Winter mare Ginger Hill, Mrs O had previously finished a close up second in October’s G2 Joburg Spring F&M Challenge and she looks a smart filly in the making.
Mrs O was one of two winners for Oratorio at Turffontein on Saturday, with the sire’s Divine Odyssey romping to a 3.25 length maiden win over 1400m in impressive style. Trained by Johan Janse Van Vuuren, the Laurence Wernars bred gelding was making just his third career outing on Saturday and Divine Odyssey looks capable of building on this maiden win.
Oratorio, a dual Champion Sire in Italy, is also responsible for Sequined, who scored for trainer Vaughan Marshall and owner-breeders Maine Chance Farms over 1250m at Durbanville on Saturday. Runner up in the Listed Devon Air Stakes at two, Sequined is out of the Silvano mare Scintilla, who won three and who ran third in the G2 Southern Cross Stakes.
A multiple champion son of Danehill and from the same family as Alydar, Oratorio is just one stakes winner away from registering his 50th individual black type winner- a significant milestone indeed.
Oratorio, whose 2yos this season including leading East Cape Fillies Nursery hope Carlita, has 15 yearlings on the 2018 April Yearling Sale and 22 lots on the 2018 Emperors Palace National Yearling Sale.