Stakes double for outstanding Oratorio
Avontuur’s world-class young stallion Oratorio was at it again when his progeny once again hit the spotlight over this last weekend.
Viztoria (Oratorio – Viz, by Darshaan) was one of last season’s most exciting 2yos, and she confirmed that early promise with a tremendous win over colts and geldings in the Gp2 Park Stakes on St Leger day at Doncaster.
Despite having to overcome an 85 day break, the 3yo filly proved far too strong for her rivals in the OLBG Park Stakes over 1400 metres.
In scoring a 0.75 length win over Lockwood, Viztoria took her record to four wins from just six starts. She has won two of three this year, having previously taken top honours in the Gp3 Athasi Stakes.
A seven lengths stakes winner at two, Viztoria could now be aimed at the Group One Prix de La Foret next month.
Oratorio fans did not long to wait before this sensational sire came up with his next stakes winner.
This time it was a son – the 2yo High Duty, who won Germany’s Listed Grosser Preis Von Engel & Volkers Dusseldorf. Out of the Montjeu mare Heart of Ice, High Duty looks a decent prospect for next year’s 3yo contests.
In winning his first stakes race, High Duty became Oratorio’s 38th stakes winner.
The former European champion has had an unbelievable year. Represented by a staggering 17 stakes winners in 2013 alone, Oratorio currently heads both the Italian and Singapore general sires list.
Champion Sire in Italy in 2012, Oratorio is fully booked at Avontuur this season and stands for an introductory fee of R80 000.