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First SA Oratorio Yearlings debut at CPYS

We are excited and proud to present proven international sire Oratorio’s yearlings, on sale for the first time in South Africa, at the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale, which takes place on 21 and 22 January at the CTICC.

With a total of 31 yearlings from this highly rated stallion in Book 1, and recent international Group wins by mature runners Mourinho and Military Attack, Avontuur Estate believes that his contribution to classic racing in this country will be immense. Oratorio has consistently been in the leading sires lists in Europe and with 7 international Group 1 winners to his name he is sure to be well received in SA as a proven sire of tough, sound, classic horses.

“We’ve had some exposure to him in this country with Ottimo, Orator’s Daughter and most recently Bella’s Empire strutting their stuff,” says GM Pippa Mickleburgh. “This sale is the culmination of a dream which started with his arrival at Avontuur in October 2013 and is now becoming reality. He was visited by an excellent calibre of mares in his first and second seasons and with the latest achievements by his international campaigners, has proven his longevity, consistency and toughness, which comes through in his progeny. “

From the Avontuur crop, Pippa is most excited about a muscular filly called Hot Chocolate out of excellent race mare Mochachino and the strong colt out of A Daughter’s Legacy called Ancestry. Another good looking colt is the half-brother to Contador out of Fine Wood, who is a racy attractive specimen.

Although much of the interest for this Sale is built around Oratorio, Avontuur is presenting some excellent Var’s as well with a well-grown flashy filly out of Baltic Beauty heading the list. “She is from the family of Mother Russia and has such a zest for life and lots of personality, I look forward to seeing more of her in future,” says Pippa. Rumbavar out of Muambo is another filly who is a full sister to multiple winner Varumba, and should be interesting to watch as well.

Interested buyers are welcome to make an appointment with Pippa at Avontuur Estate for a private viewing from 5 January to 15 January, or from the 19th at Avontuur’s Stud Lounge at the CTICC. Visit the Stud pages on www.avontuurestate.co.za for the full list of yearlings.

Feature image:   Hot Chocolate showing off the good looks and poise which makes her a stand-out for the Sale.

2016 CPYS Ancestry (450x292)Ancestry is a strong colt, here enjoying himself in the paddocks at Avontuur before the Cape Premier Sale in January.

Military Attack keeps Oratorio’s name high

The seven year old son of Oratorio and double Gr 1 winner, Military Attack, kept the flag flying for his highly rated international sire, on Saturday in Hong Kong when he achieved a narrow win in the Gr 2 Jockey Club Cup over 2000 m, which is seen as the main lead-up to the HK cup on 13 December.   After a few niggles over the last few months,  he now seems on track again  to give a good record of himself at that hugely important Gr1 event.

With Oratorio’s first crop up for sale at the 2016 CPYS, the stallion who stands at stud at Avontuur Estate seems set for an exciting career in South Africa.   For more about the yearlings on offer, visit the stud pages on this site, or contact Pippa Mickleburgh for a private viewing at the Estate in January.

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Son of Oratorio wins Gr 1

Son of Oratorio, 8 yo Mourinho, won the 1800m Gr 1 Hyland Race Colours Underwood Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday, seeing off the favourites and thrilling his fans!

This win is also significant for Avontuur Estate, where super sire Oratorio stands to stud,  and with his first SA Yearlings up for sale at the January 2016  Cape Premiere Yearling Sale,  Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh is looking forward to seeing them perform on tracks around the country soon thereafter.

Comments in the racing press highlight the fact that his offspring seem to produce the goods especially well around 2000m, which makes them exciting additions to the industry in this country.

A full book is keeping Oratorio busy at the moment, and Avontuur Estate is proud to be associated with this classy performer. Mourinho wins Gr 1 Underwood Stakes


Oratorio scores another stakes winner

Evergreen son of Oratorio Mourinho won the Gr 2 PB Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield in Australia yesterday, adding to Oratorio’s impressive list of international stakes wins.  The 8yo gelding managed to pip the favourite to the post right at the end after chasing him down throughout the race.


According to jockey Vlad Duric, who also steered him to a Gr 2 win earlier this year, Mourinho is still improving and is getting better with age.

Oratorio in the paddocks at Avontuur

Oratorio in the paddocks at Avontuur

We at Avontuur are obviously thrilled with this result and look forward to soon seeing more of Oratorio’s offspring on SA tracks too!

Oratorio stallion day shows off quality crop

Around 150 guests braved a cold wintry day on Wednesday to view a selection of six of proven international sire Oratorio’s weanlings, at Avontuur Estate between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.

Oratorio, who has sired over 70 individual northern hemisphere black-type performers and 6 international Grade 1 winners, has been standing at stud at Avontuur since early 2013. His first South African book included such illustrious mares Gr 1 winners as River Jetez, Sarabande, Bambina Stripes and Outcome, with Equus Sprinter of the Year Val de Ra included in the list for 2014.

Four colts,(Out of Fine Wood, Model IQ, Sea of Calm and Varsity Queen) and two fillies (Out of Mochachino and Viva La Belle) were paraded and were commended on their looks and also for being so well-behaved on this, their first public outing. They were led in by the popular Miss Frankel (Frankel x Val de Ra), who once again showed that her star quality by wowing the crowds with her personality and assurance.

Pippa Mickleburgh, Avontuur GM entertained everyone by telling the “hit-and-miss” story of Oratorio’s purchase and how quick action on the part of the local team ensured that this valuable sire could stand in South Africa and assist with improving SA’s stock.

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The weanling parade was preceded by a viewing of Avontuur’s highly regarded sire Var, and obviously Oratorio himself who was in fine fettle and a picture of contentment after a few years at the Thoroughbred Farm.

Avontuur Estate owner, Michael Taberer thanked the racing and breeding industry for their support over the years, and commented that he was very positive about the future of the “sport of kings” in South Africa as more and more of our horses and trainers were competing internationally and making a really good showing.

After the viewings guests retired to the Avontuur Restaurant for a farm feast and award-winning wines, and enjoyed socialising till late.

Exitement builds up for Oratorio Stallion Day

The team at Avontuur Estate is ready for all the excitement and action of our first Oratorio Stallion Day which takes place on Wednesday, 29 July on the farm.

With 150 invited guests confirmed we’re looking forward to a cold but clear day, and showing off our two stallions Var and Oratorio, with everything in place for a generous celebration of great food,  award-winning wine and live music afterwards.

But the stars of the show for the day will definitely be the group of Oratorio’s weanlings who are taking their first public steps in front of an expert crowd.

With the countdown now going into overdrive we look forward to welcoming friends, colleagues, partners and the media to our beautiful farm and to sharing the excitement with you!


Promising Oratorio filly wins for the Aga Khan

The Oratorio sired Eshera, who races for her breeder the Aga Khan, broke her maiden in stunning fashion at the Curragh on Friday. Trained by Dermot Weld and ridden by Pat Smullen, the 2yo Eshera (who had finished second on debut) simply outclassed her rivals to break her maiden by seven and a half lengths.

Her trainer said after his charge’s impressive score in the DoneDeal Classifieds Website EBF Maiden over a mile “She’s a very nice filly and has progressed well from her second at Gowran. We’ll look for some black type with her next. “

Eshera clearly looks smart, and is yet another fantastic advert for her sire Oratorio.

Friday’s winner was produced by the Dubai Destination mare Eytarna –and Eshera looks a filly with a future.

Her sire Oratorio is certainly no stranger to siring high class fillies. Past star daughters of the former European champion include champion 2yo filly Banchee, German Group 1 winner Temida and dual Italian classic winner Cherry Collect, while other group/graded stakes winning daughters of Oratorio include the likes of Lolly For Dolly (G2 Windsor Forest Stakes), Orator’s Daughter (G3 Acacia Handicap), Scream Blue Murder (G3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes) and Viztoria (G2 Park Stakes).

One of the very finest sons of legendary sire Danehill, Oratorio and his first South African crop will be shown to guests at Avontuur on July 29th.

Courtesy of Cape Breeders.

Oratorio’s Son invited for Cox Plate

Avontuur’s world class young sire Oratorio could well be represented by a runner in one of the world’s greatest races this year.
His outstanding son Military Attack (Hong Kong’s Horse Of The Year in 2012-2013), is one of a galaxy of global stars who have been invited to Australia’s greatest horse-race, the G1 William Hill Cox Plate, which will be run at Moonee Valley on October 25th.

Military Attack

One of the world’s finest races, the AUS$3 million Cox Plate has been won by a plethora of legendary champions including Phar Lap (twice), Makybe Diva, So You Think (twice), Might And Power, Northerly (twice), Sunline (twice), Strawberry Road and Kingston Town (three times).

Military Attack, second in the recent G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup, has been an outstanding campaigner over the past few seasons.
Now a 12 time winner, the Oratorio gelding has amassed an impressive £4.158 million in stakes money, with his victories including the 2013 G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup and the G1 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup of the same year.

In total, Military Attack has won or placed in no fewer than seven G1 races, with his past victories also including a pair of wins in the G1 Hong Kong Gold Cup.

His sire, the triple Group One winner Oratorio, recently represented by his 43rd individual stakes winner, will be represented by his first South African yearlings in 2016.

43rd Stakes Winner for Oratorio

Avontuur’s exciting young stallion Oratorio is seldom out of the headlines for long, and Danehill’s champion son was back in the news this weekend when he was represented by his 43rd individual stakes winner.


Oratorio’s latest black type winner came in the form of the Australian gelding Sons Of John, who won Sunday’s G3 Hawkesbury Gold Cup over 1600m at Hawkesbury in the style of a horse with a bright future.

Sons Of John, who was giving trainer Jason Attard and jockey Jeff Penza the biggest win of their respective careers, had previously won a good race over 1800m at Randwick last time out, and went into Sunday’s race as the 7-2 favourite. It was no contest, with the improving gelding racing away to register a comprehensive two and a half length over the useful former European runner Tales Of Grimm.

The four-year-old gelding has now won six and been placed four times from 15 outings with Sons Of John’s stakes having topped the AUS $200 000 mark.

Oratorio winning Eclipse Stakes

His sire Oratorio, a triple G1 winning son of the immortal Danehill, has been a champion both on the track and at stud and his success shows no sign of waning. Twice Champion Sire in Italy, Oratorio’s 40 plus stakes winners include six G1 winners, with his top runners including such champions as Banchee and Military Attack. He is also the sire of the top class Australian performer Mourinho, whose earnings are just a shade under AUS$1 million.

Oratorio also has a superb strike rate in South Africa, with his small number of representatives including the high class stakes winners Ottimo (G2 Umkhomazi Stakes), Orator’s Daughter (G3 Jacaranda Hcp) and Soweto Slew (Sophomore Sprint).

Well supported in his first seasons at stud in South Africa, Oratorio is set to stand for a fee of R100 000 in 2015.

 Story courtesy of Sarah Whitelaw.

Son of Oratorio wins Gr 2 in Australia

The Australian Cup and $1 million in stakes earnings is in sight for Mourinho after he ran the race of his life to claim the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield.

The 7 YO who could lay claim to being the most improved galloper in Australia added Saturday’s race to a record that was relatively modest 18 months ago.

Always a capable galloper, the son of Irish-bred stallion Oratorio, now standing at Avontuur Estate in South Africa, scored the second weight-for-age win of his current campaign by three-quarters of a length over triple Group 1 winner Happy Trails. Also among the beaten division was the favourite, the Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist.

Mourinho, who won the Australia Stakes first-up and was third in the CF Orr Stakes, will head to the Australian Cup in mid-March.

Story courtesy of Aushorse News