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Oratorio Filly for French Group One

Viztoria, a daughter of Avontuur’s world-class young sire Oratorio, is one of 12 runners set to line up in Sunday’s Group One Prix de la Foret.Her rivals include star filly Moonlight Cloud as well as such top class performers as Gordon Lord Byron, Style Vendome and Garswood.

The lightly raced Viztoria, a brilliant juvenile last season, has won four of her six starts to date. She beat a smart field of colts and geldings last time out when successful in the Group 2 Park Stakes at Doncaster.

Her sire currently heads both the Singapore and Italian sires list. Oratorio, whose sons Military Attack and Biz The Nurse have been two of the stars of the 2013 racing season, is the sire of 38 stakes winners – of whom six are Group One winners.

Champion sire in Italy in 2012, Oratorio is also the sire of dual classic winner Cherry Collect, Dubai carnival hero Moonwalk In Paris and Breeders Cup hope, Clenor.

Oratorio is fully booked for his first South African season and stands for a fee of R80 000.

by Sarah Whitelaw –

Listed Treble for Oratorio in Europe

This past weekend proved to be fantastic for Oratorio’s offspring which now gives him his 33rd stake winner.

On Sunday, Sciolina, a 4 year old daughter of Oratorio won Premio Tadolina LR at Capannelle Italy and on Saturday two more made him very proud at Haydock Park and Nottingham.

1. Scream Blue Murder (IRE)  3f  out of Holly Blue (GB) (Bluebird (USA))

Won E.B.F. Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes (LR), 1200mT, Nottingham

(runs in the colours of Mrs Rupert)

2. Eton Forever (IRE) 6g  out of True Joy (IRE) (Zilzal (USA))

Won Pertemps Network Spring Trophy Stakes (LR), 1400T, Haydock (GB)

Oratorio 8 LK

Viztoria books her ticket for Irish Guineas

Viztoria, 3yr old daughter of Oratorio earned her place in the Etihad Airways Irish 1000 Guineas line-up with a significant victory in the Group 3 Canford Cliffs EBF Athasi Stakes.

The filly has won twice over 6f and was racing beyond that trip for the first time in the 7f contest which makes owner Sheila Lavery very proud.

Trainer Eddie Lynam said “we came to find out if she would stay, would she settle and was she worth her place in the Irish Guineas on May 26 and all the answers to these questions are yes so we will be able to dream for another 20 days”.

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Emperor’s Palace 2013 Yearling Sale news!

After the early morning excitement of John Moore’s Military Attack win the Group 1 QE II Cup in Hong Kong, the sale built on the strong trend from the first day, with a final aggregate of R112 468 000 up 44.5% from last year. The average was R 297 976 up 27%, with the median R200 000 up 33.31% and with a strong clearance rate of 82%.

Deceased champion sire Jet Master topped the sires list for the last time with an aggregate of R16 140 000 for 24 yearlings, with Dynasty totalling R15 370 000 for 29 yearlings.  Varsfontein Stud headed the vendors list with R8 540 000 for 24 yearlings, with Drakenstein Stud close behind with R8 515 000 for 11 yearlings.

Form Bloodstock spent R11.125 million for 18 yearlings to top the buyers list, with Mayfair Speculators spending R9.020 million on 9 yearlings and Singapore trainer Patrick Shaw spending R7.580 million on 13 yearlings.  The sales topper was lot 263, a Dynasty colt, knocked down for R3.6 million to Mayfair Speculators, just shy of the South African record price of R4 million. While the top price for a filly was R1.6 million paid for Lot 330, an Encosta De Lago(AUS) filly.

Bloodstock South Africa CEO Tom Callaghan was very pleased with the final results, commenting that the sale showcased the strength of South African racing. “We also look forward to the export ban being lifted shortly so that our horses can compete fairly on the international stage”, he added.

Lot 330 an Encosta De Lago filly out of the unraced Danehill(USA) mare Catching Moonbeams(IRE) travelled all the way from Australia to grace a South African sales ring. Consigned by Summerhill Stud, the hammer fell to Mary Slack’s Wilgerbosdrift Stud at R1.6 million, the top price paid for a filly. With Prix de l’Abbaye winner Imperial Beauty(USA) as second dam, the filly certainly has great paddock value.

“I love the looks of this horse, she has lovely extra long ears and I just loved her pedigree. I think if I bought her in Australia she would have made a very similar price.  I am very much looking forward to her joining the broodmare band eventually, as she has very good broodmare potential”, said Slack.

Right at the end of the sale, after a trying day for the vendors, Dean Kannemeyer, locally known as the Master of the Guineas, made his presence felt when he went to R3 million, in a spirited bidding war, for Lot 503, a flaxen mane chestnut colt from Avontuur Stud.  By Trippi(USA) out of the American Chance(USA) mare La Normandie (ARG), the colt is a half brother to Normanz (Var), winner of the Grade 3 Godolphin Barb Stakes at his third start. Normanz has been one of the outstanding two-year-olds of the season, having won his second start by three lengths and then running away with the Godolphin by 4.25 lengths.

Kannemeyer was very pleased to have secured the flashy colt.  “He is a quality colt with a lot of class and I am very fortunate to be training him. He should make a Classic horse and hopefully he will be my Guineas contender one day.  We are really excited about buying him as he is a lovely colt, but as my dad use to say, they always look better when they stand in the winner’s box!”

The sale concluded with 411 lots sold out of the 493 lots on offer.

by Liesl King

Lot 503 head


Berry on Attack in dramatic APQEII Cup

Military Attack ensured the Tommy Berry Group 1 bandwagon kept on rolling at Sha Tin Racecourse this afternoon, Sunday, 28 April. The Australian sensation crowned his first Hong Kong raceday with victory in a dramatic running of the G1 Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m), in which the fates deserted Ambitious Dragon.

The Sha Tin crowd enjoyed a thrilling spectacle on a day when attendance was up 3% on last year to 29,931, while turnover increased by 14% on 2012 to HK$1.189 billion.

Berry, 22, has already snared the Golden Slipper and Doncaster Mile in his homeland this month and made it three top-flight triumphs for April with a copybook ride on the John Moore-trained five-year-old. Off a stop-start pace, the jockey settled his mount into a smooth tempo just behind the leaders and when the field fanned for home he was poised to strike.

“They really ran to the first corner – probably a bit quicker than I anticipated – but I just got my horse into a nice rhythm,” said Berry. “They backed it off and then quickened it up again going to the half-mile.”

With the leaders folding early in the home stretch, Berry sent Military Attack to the front half-way down the home straight. The gelding battled to see off runner-up California Memory and drew clear for a length and three-quarter triumph in a time of 2m 02.15s.

“I probably had to come out a little bit earlier than I wanted to but we got forced out, and watching the replays of this horse in the past he’s got a really long sustained run -he looked like a really nice horse and he showed that today. It was a beautiful training effort, I’ve got to say – perfect with a few weeks in between runs,” said Berry.

Moore, winning the race for the third time after Viva Pataca in 2007 and 2010, was ecstatic. The veteran handler has now guided Military Attack to three straight wins with this G1 victory following on from impressive wins in the HKG1 Hong Kong Gold Cup and last month’s HKG3 Premier Plate. Moore now has his sights set on the G1 SIA Cup in Singapore.

“Wow, I just need to pinch myself to understand what’s just transpired,” said Moore. “I think it was thanks to Zac (Purton) that we found out that we could vary the tactics on him and that made a big difference – instead of riding him out the back and have him closing off in these exceptional times. Tactically, we’ve got a very smart horse on our hands.

“It was a great ride by Tom today, he got him just in the right position and he had to kick a little early but he showed a lot of fight. I can’t be happier with this horse’s progress – he’s won his first Group 1 and now we’re off to Singapore!”

While Military Attack enjoyed a dream run, there were hard luck stories in behind with sixth-placed Ambitious Dragon the unluckiest of all. Zac Purton was just beginning to ask Hong Kong’s champion for a race-winning effort when his mount was baulked and badly impeded at the 250m as California Memory drifted off a straight course. The interference cost the Tony Millard-trained runner any chance of a second APQEII Cup win to sit alongside his 2011 triumph.

And as that drama unfolded, Japan’s Eishin Flash, anchored at the tail from gate 13, surged home late down the inside fence under Mirco Demuro to finish third, a nose behind Tony Cruz’s two-time G1 Hong Kong Cup winner California Memory. Godolphin’s G1 Dubai Duty Free heroine Sajjhaa, having missed the kick and then travelled four wide under Silvestre de Sousa, ran a brave race in fourth.

Berry has now notched six G1 wins in all this season and is contracted to ride for the Hong Kong Jockey Club until the end of the current campaign on 10 July.

“It doesn’t get much better than this,” he said. ‘I’m only 22 and I don’t think I’ll be able to beat what I’ve done in the last 12 months in my whole career. But that comes with a lot of support from a lot of great owners and trainers in Australia and now Hong Kong.”

The Hong Kong Jockey Club’s Chief Executive Officer, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, was delighted with the day.

“On the sporting front, I’m very happy with the result,” he said. “It was a great day of racing and a fascinating race. We had a little incident, which made the whole thing for Ambitious Dragon probably ‘mission impossible’ but I think we should not take the credit away from Military Attack – it was a terrific performance. It’s probably one of the best APQEII Cups we’ve ever had, ratings wise, and the depth of talent in the field today reflects the quality of Hong Kong racing.”

Military Attack QE II - Bruno

Double for VAR!

Avontuur’s leading sire VAR had a double over the weekend. On Friday, his talented daughter Vivalda won for the fourth time in just eight starts while VAR gelding Vauclair, who looked so promising earlier in his career, ended the meeting in style with a gutsy win.

An outstanding sprinter, VAR has enjoyed another exceptional season this year. His representatives include Horse of the Year Variety Club and star filly Via Africa, as well as the exciting 2yo Normanz (G3 Godolphin Barb Stakes).

Var is well presented at this week’s Emperor’s Palace National Yearing Sale. His yearlings on sale include a colt out of G2 Fillies Guineas winner Glenrossal, a filly from the family of international champion Starcraft, and a half-brother to classy filly Captain’s Lullaby.

Fully booked for the upcoming breeding season, Var stands at Avontuur for a fee of R120 000.

by Sarah Whitelaw

Cantering 7

Emperor’s Palace NYS pictures available

The pictures of the Emperor’s Palace National Yearling Sales crop is now available for viewing on our website.

Go to the Sales page and click on the camera icon in the far right corner to be directed to the picture.

Just as a teaser…

Zavaroni (front) and Dance Critic enjoying the paddocks at Avontuur before to long drive to Johannesburg.

Zavaroni (front) and Dance Critic enjoying the paddocks at Avontuur before the long drive to Johannesburg.

Happy viewing.

Son of Oratorio wins Guineas

Ottimo (AUS) son of recently acquired Oratorio have just won the East Cape Guineas at Fairview Racecourse in Port Elizabeth in a listed race over 1600 m.

The winner is owned by Fred Crabbia, trained by Justin Snaith and the jockey was Piere Strydom.

It was an exciting race and he won it easily by a large margin.

Well done Ottimo!

Oratorio 24 LK

Lynam preparing Viztorio for Guineas tilt


The Gr.1 1,000 Guineas, which celebrates its 200th running at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Sunday, 5th May, could be the target for exciting filly Viztoria, trained in Ireland by Edward Lynam.

Her alternative is the Irish equivalent at the Curragh on Sunday, 26th May, with the ground likely to be the deciding factor for the daughter of Oratorio.

She won each of her first two starts – a maiden at Naas and a Listed race at the Curragh – by a commanding seven and a half lengths.

In her third and final two-year-old start, she found Penny’s Picnic (Kheleyf) a length too good in the Gr.2 Criterium de Maisons-Laffitte. All three of her races were on heavy ground.

“Viztoria is training very well for the Guineas,” said Lynam, when supervising Sole Power (Kyllachy) and Balmont Mast (Balmont) in Dubai at the weekend.

“She will probably go for a racecourse gallop at Curragh on 6th or 7th April and Johnny Murtagh will have a sit on her. “If the plan is to go for the 1,000 Guineas, then she will go straight to Newmarket without a run.

“If we decide to wait for the Irish 1,000 Guineas, then she would run in the Canford Cliffs European Breeders Fund Athasi Stakes at the Curragh on 6th May. If the ground looks like it will come up soft, she will run at Newmarket, as she loves soft ground.” 




Emperor’s Palace National Yearling Sales 2013

We are proud to announce that we have the details of the yearlings that will be going to Johannesburg for the Emperor’s Palace National Yearling Sales 2013 available on our website.

The yearlings will be leaving Avontuur around the 15th of April for their journey to Johannesburg and they can be viewed from the 17th of April until the official start of the sales  on 26 April.

Pop in at Block C at the TBA Complex in Germiston to view the yearlings and enjoy a glass of wine on us.

To visit the page on the website, please click on Sales and you will be directed. The pedigrees of these yearlings will also be made available in due course.

Should you require any further information on the yearlings, please contact Pippa Mickleburgh directly on 083 6584404 or send her an email on

Yearlings with their woolly coats to keep out the chill

Yearlings with their woolly coats to keep out the chill