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Oratorio keeps up the good work

With the nomination last week of 8yo son of Oratorio, Military Attack, for the Hong Kong Jockey Club Champion Awards, the list of four fillies and one colt by Oratorio at this week’s Sibaya KZN Yearling sale should draw quite a bit of attention.

An excited Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh was elated at the news that Oratorio’s progeny continued to perform internationally.

She said that breeders may not have realised that there are still a limited number of services available to Oratorio.

“They will have to move quickly but I can accommodate a few more mares and if anybody wants to breed a hardy classical horse that can go on and win the Met and the July, then why look further than the big O?” she laughed.

Phone Pippa now to lay the foundation of your dream.

This champion son of Danehill, whose first SA yearlings have fetched up to R3.2 million this season, can be proud of the high quality lots on offer at the Durban Sale.


Oratorio in action in the paddock

Oratorio in action in the paddock

The four fillies are:  Lot 30 – Chica Musica, Lot 126 – Love Theme, Lot 180 – The Fugue and Lot 198 – Unnamed. The only colt is Lot 268 called Victor Victorio who hails from the family of Gypsy’s Warning and is inbred to Danehill.

With Oratorio’s book now open for covers, we look forward to a good result at the Sale, and more exciting foals and yearlings to come.


Emperor’s Select Sale a triumph for Avontuur

Although believing that an outstanding draft of five colts was put up for auction for their first outing at the Emperor’s Palace Select Yearling Sale, Avontuur GM Pippa Mickleburgh could still barely believe the results of Friday, 15 April 2016!

The top prices of the Sale were achieved by three Avontuur yearlings, and all five went at an extraordinary average of R1 965 000,  with an aggregate achieved of R9 825 000.

The two magnificent Oratorio colts, Mardi Gras and Graduate (Cover pic with two grooms) were joint sales-toppers at R3,2 million and the demand for the internationally proven son of Danehill’s progeny is expected to continue at the National Yearling Sale at the end of the month, where 15 more Oratorio’s are offered.  The third highest priced lot is the R3 million paid by Mayfair Speculators for Talk Of The Town, a son of Var out of a Street Cry mare – a fellow with a stallion pedigree if ever we have seen one.

Mardi Gras in the paddocks at Avontuur

Mardi Gras in the paddocks at Avontuur


The results are hardly surprising given Avontuur’s time honoured philosophy of sending the best to the best, world-class farm management and providing the pastoral environmental platform for the launch of their fine wines and fast horses.

“Selling racehorses is not unlike training them. The fundamentals have to be in place and the stock is important. Programming and placement at sales is also key. Pushing horses that are not ready can only put you on the back foot. I think the stars were simply aligned on Friday and everything fell so neatly into place,” Pippa explained when asked about her thoughts after the Sale.

With eight yearlings ready for the National Yearling Sale at month-end, Pippa is moving across to the TBA Sales Complex for the next challenge.  Five Var’s, and Oratorio a Jay Peg and Lot 398, a stunning colt by Gimmethegreenlight out of Valeta named Keyboogie are on their way up to Gauteng this week.

The Avontuur Hospitality Lounge will be open for viewings from Thursday, and Pippa and her team look forward to welcoming you there.

NYS Hospitality Lounge now open for viewings

After the success of Avontuur’s first foray into the Emperor’s Palace Select Yearling Sale earlier this month, Pippa and the team from Avontuur is ready for visitors, viewings and general hospitality at the TBA Sales Complex in Germiston.

The National Yearling Sale  offers 8 yearlings, and is a mixed bag with Var’s ruling the roost, although an excellent Oratorio and some exciting new blood in the form of sire Gimmethegreenlight and the in-the-news Jay Peg should tickle the buyers’ fancy.

Ladies first, and with four fillies getting ready for the event Avontuur is especially excited about Lot 422 Kindavar, who is the first foal of the Jet Master mare Without Malice,  an 8 times race winner herself.  “She is tall, a good walker and my pick of the fillies,” Pippa says.

The rest of the Var fillies include Lot 21 Sweet Treat who is correct and athletic and a half-sister to Vous et Var and Lot 163, the first foal from Jeter, who is a real speedball, and closely related to Le Clos, currently proving his class on course.  The last filly (Lot 227)  is by upcoming sire Jay Peg, a tall racy sort who is the close family of Varbration and Captain’s Lullabye.

The only Oratorio on this Sale is Lot 314 Chantyman out of Sea of Calm (USA),  a high quality colt who is a good mover and halfbrother to Balkan  and Princess Katrina.  Pippa commented especially on Lot 398 Keyboogie (Gimmethegreenlight x Valeta) and said he is a very flashy, good looking  colt, who is a half-brother to the exciting 3yo Val et Al and should attract a lot of attention.

Duffield (Lot 452) is a precocious full brother to Twitter (Var x Avian Talk), and is a flashy speed machine.   Hampton Court (Lot 192) by Var is a classy, attractive medium-sized colt who is a nice trainer’s horse out of London Belle, now retired as a brood mare.

“I believe Sweet Treat and Kindavar are outstanding on the fillies side, and the three colts which get my pick are Chantyman, Duffield and Keyboogie. The Avontuur Stud Lounge Hospitality area is open for viewings and socialising from 21 April and we look forward to welcoming all interested parties from then,” Pippa concluded.


Oratorio colt tops sale on weekend

The champagne corks are popping at Avontuur this week after an excellent March Yearling Sale this weekend at Durbanville Race Course.

A son of our exciting sire Oratorio hit the overall top sales price and a Var filly did the same in her category.

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Consigned by Sorrento Stud, the colt (who is from his triple G1 winning sire’s first South African crop) was knocked down to Kuda Insurance’s Wehann Smith for R650 000.

Catalogued as lot 209, the bay, already named Oravar, is out of the four time winning Var mare Miravar. His second dam, the Dr Fong matron Lake Alice, is a half sister to the stakes placed four time winner Ladonna.

The sales topper was former European champion Oratorio’s sole offering at the March Sale. Sire of 45 stakes winners worldwide, the champion son of Danehill has certainly made a pleasing start to his South African stud career, with his first local crop having fetched up to R1.1 million at January’s Cape Premier Yearling Sale.

Avontuur sires certainly fared well at the March Sale, with Oratorio’s stable mate Var responsible for the sales’ top priced filly. This was the Avontuur consigned Bank On It, who was sold to Mayfair Speculators for R650 000 –the joint second top price of the sale.

Bank On It, catalogued as lot 118, is a full sister to the useful Raconteur and is out of a winning daughter of champion sire Western Winter and stakes winning All Fired Up mare Shoot The Booze. She is from the same family as champions Jay Peg and Kochka, as well as recent G3 Final Fling Stakes winner Cat And The Moon and Var’s R4 000 000 son Moonrise Sensation.

Overall, prices were down on last year’s sale, with the top price paid dropping from R1.3 million to R650 000 in 2016. The aggregate, albeit with a small catalogue, fell noticeably from R28,235,000 to R21, 395,000 and average prices (from R118,138 to R107,512) and median (R90 000 to R70 000) also dropped.

Ten of the 240 horses catalogued to sell were withdrawn, and 199 horses of the remaining 230 lots were sold.

Now all eyes are on Gauteng where the Emperor’s Palace Yearling Sale and National Yearling Sale both feature a select group of Avontuur’s best!

Cape Yearling Sale a success for Avontuur.

Last week’s 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale was an important one for Avontuur and our internationally proven sire Oratorio, as it was the launch of his first SA-bred yearlings onto the local market.

And what a sale it was!  For us, for him and for our “main man” Var!

As Avontuur owner Michael Taberer commented:  ” We knew that we had a lot of support for Oratorio and Avontuur at the sale and not only do we want to thank the many buyers who made it such a success for us,  but also the under bidders who gave us their backing throughout.”

Avontuur ended up 5th on the vendor’s list, with an exciting sale to new international buyers The China Horse Club who’s first purchase was our stunning Var filly Rumbavar, who went for R1.9 million. (Picture shows her arriving on the podium at the Sale. )

Oratorio was well supported throughout too, and as GM Pippa Mickleburgh said, “He was the 5th leading sire in great company  and it was wonderful to see the support by international buyers who knew him, and obviously the South African crowd, who is keen to get his offspring onto the tracks in this country!”

Var ended up with an average of R633 333 for the 21 yearlings sold and Oratorio at R432 000 for 25 sold.

We are proud and happy to have sold all 9 our yearlings and want to thank the following supporters wholeheartedly:  Adriaan van Vuuren, Mike de Kock, Charles Laird, Mike Azzie, Alesh Naidoo, Johan Janse van Vuuren, Lawrence Werners, The China Horse Club, Joey Ramsden, Peter and Ross Doyle, Kit Kensley, Jaap van deVendel, Marcus Jooste, David and Dianne Nagel (who bred Oratorio and now own one of his SA progeny).

“We’re looking forward to another good response in April at the National Yearling Sale in Gauteng, and hope to see our friends and fellow horse lovers there again, ” says Michael.

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31 Oratorio Yearlings on sale at CPYS 16

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Yearling viewing bookings now open

With 31 Oratorio yearlings available for the first time in SA at the 2016 Cape Premier Yearling Sale in January, and Avontuur presenting quite a number of those at the Sale at the CTICC, we’d love to invite interested buyers to visit us at the Estate by making an appointment with Pippa Mickleburgh at stud@avontuurestate.co.za from 5 – 15 January.  (Viewings only by appointment!).

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Alternatively you are invited to pop in at our Stud Lounge from 19 January to see them on site.



Excitement for 1st SA Oratorio draft heats up!

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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.