Oratorio

Cape Yearling Sale coming up in January

The first important 2018 Yearling event coming up for Avontuur is the Cape Premier Yearling Sale 2018 which takes place on 20 and 21 January at the  CTICC in Cape Town.

With five colts and five fillies lined up for the Sale, the Avontuur team is hopeful that this prestigious event will set the bar for the rest of 2018. More about each yearling in January!

Oratorio’s return to health a huge relief!

It was with a big sigh of relief that we announced the return to full health of our international stakes winner producing sire Oratorio recently.  He was given the green light  to commence full coverings after a bout of laminitis saw him out of action in September.

A pleased Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh said that she was very excited to have written to the Oratorio shareholders to inform them of the great news.

“It has been a trying time but the big boy showed that it will take more than a bit of laminitis to get him down. We are playing catch up now, but he is a true professional. I must again say a huge word of thanks to our Vet Martin Denkhaus, with the support of Baker McVeigh, and farrier Robbie Miller, who have been wonderful. I have already gone on record saying that their care and attention made all the difference to get O back to health so quickly.”

Pippa extended an invitation to all breeders who were still finalising the covering season and said Avontuur will be happy to accommodate mares and assist where possible as Oratorio has some free slots in his schedule.

With the KZN breeders stats featuring Oratorio 2nd from the top as reported on 15/11/17, it’s a good news story through and through.

Name rnrs rns AEPR wns wnrs Wnrs/rnrs BT Wnrs/rnrs plcs stks
WHAT A WINTER b.s 10y 2007 50 111 20173 11 11 22.0% 0.0% 60 1008625
ORATORIO (IRE) b.s 16y 2002 49 134 20478 12 12 24.5% 0.0% 55 1003400
TWICE OVER (GB) b. or br.s 13y 2005 40 97 21909 13 13 32.5% 0.0% 43 876350
CRUSADE (USA) b. or br.s 9y 2009 42 123 20845 11 11 26.2% 0.0% 56 875500

                                                                                                           

 

The Big “O” returns to “business”

It’s been a stressful month for all at Avontuur as Oratorio was slowly but surely nursed back to health!  But he has now shown an encouraging recovery from a bout of laminitis diagnosed last month, and commenced covering mares recently.

A thrilled Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh said that ‘O’, as the triple Gr1 winning son of Danehill is affectionately known, was ‘back on the job’ and looking, and obviously feeling, a lot better.

“The shock of his illness is now behind us and we are all pleased that the big guy is on the road to recovery – although he is confined to his box when not working and on a restricted diet. He is also under Veterinary and Farrier care,” said the relieved stud manager.

Pippa confirmed that mares belonging to shareholders would be covered, and then only at the rate of one a day.

“We are not putting him under any pressure. He covered Minelli, Val De Ra’s Mom yesterday, and is due to visit A Daughter’s Legacy, dam of classic contender Ancestry, tomorrow. We are thrilled as we were prepared to write this season off initially. We are just so thankful for the chance to get through some mares,” she added.

Pippa said that Oratorio had shown the indomitable fighting spirit and heart of the top-class racehorse and sire that he is, in recovering  from an illness that can prove fatal. He had also received world-class medical attention. She said that she was thankful for  the support provided by their professionals.

“Our Vet Martin Denkhaus, with the support of Baker McVeigh, and farrier Robbie Miller have been wonderful. Their care and attention made all the difference to get O back on the road to recovery so quickly.”

Var is Champion sire for 2 year olds!

The first of August was an auspicious day for Avontuur Stud Farm as the great news arrived that Var is the SA Champion Sire of two year olds for the season 2016/17.

As GM Pippa Mickleburgh says:  “We have never ever had a stallion win this title on Avontuur before so it is a testament to everyone’s belief that our boy would eventually do it for us.” She also commented on the late owner, Tony Taberer’s confidence that the stallion would come through for the farm and SA, and that he had the foresight to purchase this incredible horse all those years ago.

The cherry on top is that Avontuur’s second stallion Oratorio finished up as the leading first season sire on % winners to runners, which is an awesome start to the big O’s South African career after  such an outstanding record overseas. 

Everyone was enjoying a glass or two of Avontuur’s own MCC earlier today and revelling in the good news with the Stud team.  But, as Pippa says wryly, “ We’re all absolutely thrilled with the news and it deserves a party but today also marks the start of the next racing season; all statistics begin again!”

We believe our two outstanding sires will keep on delivering the good stats and we wish everyone well for the next season.

 

Avontuur sires in the running for top spots!

The 2016-2017 season is fast drawing to a close in the Southern Hemisphere, and champion sires will soon be crowned.  Both Var and Oratorio are in the running and we are holding thumbs for good results.

Var has enjoyed a remarkable run with his 2yos and the son of Forest Wildcat looks on course to end Captain Al’s eight year reign. Var, whose juveniles have earned R2.45 million, has been represented by 20 individual juvenile winners thus far, headed by Gr2 Durban Golden Horseshoe winner, Purple Diamond, and Gr1 Tsogo Sun Gold Medallion runner up, Varallo.

With two major 2yo races yet to be run, the first crop sires title appears to lie among What A Winter, Oratorio, and Twice Over. What A Winter is the leading first crop sire by stakes winners (3) and by prize money, with Oratorio and What A Winter being joint leading first crop sires by individual winners –the pair have eight apiece.

 

Story courtesy of Sporting Post.

Var and Oratorio start July off with a bang!

What a fantastic weekend we had in Durban last weekend, with Purple Diamond (Var) and Ancestry (Oratorio) going head-to-head in the Golden Horseshoe and two Var’s coming in in fourth and fifth place respectively. This has led to Var now sitting at the top of 2yo sire’s lists which is always a thrill for any breeder.

 

She’s a Giver ran a brilliant second to Bella Bella in the Gr 1 Garden Province Stakes and Chantyman did us proud as well! 

 

What a start to July 2017!

July weekend looking good for Avontuur!

The first weekend in July in South Africa is all about racing, stunning thoroughbreds, glamorous celebs and the general public enjoying the balmy winter weather in Durban.

The TBA KZN Yearling Sale starts off the programme on Thursday the 29th, and this year there are five Oratorio’s and three Var’s in the catalogue which we are looking forward to supporting. With 2Yo Ancestry’s (Oratorio x A Daughter’s Legacy) win recently, and the ongoing excellent performances of the Var’s, this crop should keep the buyers lining up,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh. 

On Saturday 1 July the biggest race day in the country will take place and although Avontuur does not have a runner in the big one, we do have lots of interest in most of the action taking place. In the main race, our Avontuur-sponsored jockeys will be showing off their talent with MJ Byleveld on Master Sabina, Lyle Hewittson on French Navy for the in-form Tarry yard and Callan Murray jetting in from the East to steer last year’s winner, The Conglomerate for the Ramsden yard.

In the Grade 2 Golden Horseshoe over 1400m we’re looking forward to seeing Ancestry up against Varallo and Varimas. In the 8th race it’s Isca, Our Destiny, Horse Guards, Varbration and Attenborough taking on each other, making this race of only 12 contestants, nearly half-filled with horses linked in some way with Avontuur.  In the Grade 1 Garden Province Stakes over a mile, Avontuur-bred She’s a Giver will be strutting her stuff. 

All in all a full and exciting weekend ahead and we wish all the owners, breeders, jockeys, horses and punters a successful one!

Caption:   Ancestry as a yearling at Avontuur in the paddocks.

 

 

 

Oratorio’s 2 year olds show early class

“I am pleasantly surprised with the seemingly effortless win by 2Yo Ancestry (Oratorio x A Daughter’s Legacy) this past Saturday at Scottsville as my mantra regarding Oratorio’s offspring is ‘Give them Time and they will Shine’,” says Avontuur Estate GM Pippa Mickleburgh.   “As if Ancestry’s performance wasn’t enough, we also celebrated Mrs O’s win on debut at Turffontein, so it looks like their worth is being proven even earlier than expected.” 

See the video here of Ancestry’s incredible race!

https://www.facebook.com/TBredSANews/videos/271050706696226/

 

Oratorio is currently the second leading first season sire by % winners to runners at 25% with 8 winners from 11 races and a total Stakes of R829 925.  

“Although we’re extremely happy with these performances, we expect that as his progeny matures, their ongoing achievements will prove why Avontuur brought this globally rated sire to South Africa a few years ago.” 

Pippa referred to his many talented offspring waiting in the wings to strut their stuff and mentioned that there are five Oratorio’s on the KZN Yearling Sale coming up soon.

“Although none of them are Avontuur-bred we look forward to seeing the results when Lot numbers 29, 133, 159, 224 and 259 appear in the ring.  Personally I like Lot 29 Catharsis, as he is a half-brother to Gr 2 winner Hard Day’s Night as well as being from the family of Major Bluff, Silver Bluff and Key Castle, who are all multiple winners.  Another good looking Oratorio is Carlita, Lot no 159, the only filly in the group.  She is a classic filly with the pedigree to back it up, being from the female line of champion Argentinian filly Southern Spring. She should be a good purchase,” Pippa says.

Oratorio still has some services available at R80 000, so do not be caught napping! Contact Pippa Mickleburgh at stud@avontuurestate.co.za for more info or to arrange a service. 

 

Oratorio’s 6yo son wins Gr 1 in Saudi

Former Zimbabwean and South African-based trainer Neil Bruss won Saturday’s Gr 1 SR250,000 King Abdulaziz Racetrack Champion Cup over 2000m on sand with the six-year-old Oratorio colt Gods Speed, who was ridden by Luis Morales.

Jumping from gate 7 in a ten horse field, the Abdulelah Abdul Aziz Almousa-owned horse had cover throughout and travelled well.

Morales made his move around the final turn and entering the 400m straight just had to overtake the pacemaker on his inside.

The good looking bay then surged into the lead and managed to held on from the charging pair Smoking Sun (Smart Strike) and Ibn Alnafees (Premium Tap).

Bruss’ latest stint in Saudi Arabia began last September and in 100 runs he has had 14 winners.

The veteran trainer is an outstanding horseman and has successfully raided Dubai with his Saudi Arabian-trained horses before.

In 2009 he sent out former Port Elizabeth horse Paris Perfect and the Argentinian-bred Muller to run third and fourth respectively in the Dubai World Cup.

Oratorio currently stands at Avontuur Thoroughbred Farm in Stellenbosch.  “Winning this race at 6 years old once again just proves the longevity of his offspring and bodes well for his supporters in South Africa too,” says Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.

Nine Yearlings Fly our Flag at CPYS 17

On Monday, 16 January nine yearlings will take a big step into the limelight and leave their home for the bright lights of the Cape Town Convention Centre and the annual Cape Premier Yearling Sale,  which takes place on 21 and 22 January 2017.

“Nine of our Yearlings were selected for the Sale and although the draft is particularly good this year, I feel that Lot 129 Carioca (Var x Miss Epanema) is an outstanding high-quality filly who oozes class and a great attitude,” comments Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh.   “Amongst the colts I really like Lot 210 Montego Bay (Var x Torra Bay) as he is a good size for a first foal and has a great international pedigree.”

Montego Bay

Montego Bay

We kick off the action at this international event on Day 1,  as the first yearling up for sale is our own “Little Sparrow”, an attractive and athletic filly by speedster sire Var out of Bambina Stripes (ARG).  Our second yearling up for sale on the first day is Lot 24, a filly called Counter Fate from the first crop of Master of my Fate.   Pippa describes her as a tall flashy sort who is a really good advert for her sire.   The last filly in the draft is Lot 218, Operetta (Oratorio x Varsity Queen) who is a tough powerful mover.

Lot 224 Euphoric (Oratorio x Without Malice) is last up in the Sale on Day 2 for Avontuur and according to Pippa he is powerful and athletic with great speed.

The excellent draft is completed by three Var colts.  Lot 133, Provocateur is out of Model IQ and he is big, powerful and upstanding – typical of the family.  Lot 146 Whitehaven (Var x Paradise Beach), is the first living foal out of a superbly bred mare and is a speedy, robust and attractive colt.  Last but not least is Barista (Var x Mochachino) who is a typically precocious Var type with an athletic workmanlike attitude.

Please visit us at our Hospitality Lounge in Hall 3 from Wednesday 18 January right through the Sale until Sunday, the 22nd.  We’ve got great Avontuur wine or soft drinks and view the great yearlings on offer at your leisure.   If you want to visit the Farm for a private viewing before the Sale, contact Pippa on stud@avontuurestate.co.za to book a slot.