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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

Military Attack on the comeback trail

Military Attack yesterday rewarded his fans by coming in first in a thrilling finish in Hong Kong in the HKG2 Oriental Watch Sha Tin Trophy (Handicap) over a mile.

The 6 yo son of Oratorio and one time Hong Kong horse of the year, caught up with Champion Miler Gold-Fun to win by a short-head in a time of 1.34.37s in his return to winning form after switching trainers from the John Moore Stable to Caspar Fownes during the summer.

According to trainer Fownes, his next outing will probably be the G2 Longines Jockey Club Cup over 2000m followed by the second richest 2000m turf race in the world, the HK$ 25 million Longines Hong Kong Cup on 14 December. This was his first win over a mile since May 2012 with his major victories in the past at 2000m, most notably the G1 Audemars Piquet QEII Cup and the G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup, both in 2013.

With the first of resident stallion, Oratorio’s crop now being born in South Africa, Avontuur Estate GM Pippa Mickleburgh is understandably elated by this performance. “We’ve worked with Oratorio for two years at Avontuur and he is producing strong, robust foals according to reports from the various breeders around the country. We are looking forward to seeing them at the yearling sales in 2016 and obviously on race courses around the country later on,” she says.

Scarlett Causeway and her Oratorio foal 2014 (640x360)

Oratorio scores twice in one weekend

Oratorio fans had a wonderful weekend with two wins for his offspring, at both ends of the globe!
Viztoria had a wonderful race at Curragh, winning after hanging in there bravely and showed strongly at the finish. She is a 4 yo Bay filly and has had 8 runs and 5 wins. She is now going for the Champion Sprint next weekend, and we look forward to a great result.
In Australia, Mourinho won the listed Cranbourne Cup over 2025m making this his 7th win to add to 8 placings. The 7 yo gelding seems set for a few more wins before retirement.

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Oratorio foals delight SA breeders

After more than a year of waiting, the first foals by globally proven and respected stallion Oratorio, are being born in South Africa and they do not disappoint.

Avontuur Estate General Manager Pippa Mickleburgh, where Oratorio stands, has this to say: “With a confirmed total of 44 international stakes winners to his name, he is holding his own on the international stage, and the South African chapter seems to be starting off on a high. His first foals reflect many of his own strengths and are described as strong, sturdy, robust and balanced.”

A highlight around his first SA crop include the quality of the foals out of maiden mares like Gr 1 winner Bambina Stripes and Varsity Queen, who is a full sister to Schiffer. “We often find that first foals out of maiden mares are smaller and more delicate than later crops, but in Oratorio’s case these new moms have thrown exceptional foals,” Pippa continues.

Encouraging reports are being recorded from other breeders like Gary and Jackie Joliffe of Golden Touch Thoroughbreds who are impressed with their Oratorio colt out of Rose Garden, who is the half-sister to champion race horse Soft Falling Rain.

Henry and Pat Devine are thrilled with their superb colt out of Scarlett Causeway by Giants Causeway. Highlands Farms are excited to report that the dam of Soft Falling Rain, Gardener’s Delight was delivered of a stunning filly, who seems set to follow in her famous family’s footsteps.

Pam Lowe is over the moon with her magnificent filly out of Key to Heaven and Backworth Stud in KZN reports a tall, strong, leggy colt out of Lewinsky’s Lover.

Avontuur’s own champion race mare, River Jetez and talented A Daughter’s Legacy recently had impressive foals sired by Oratorio too which adds to the positive impressions. With his book full for the year with a group of outstanding mares, we look forward to an exciting future for his progeny in South Africa.

Oratorio foals all a chip off the “old” block!

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Wonderful comeback win for son of Oratorio

It is exciting times for Oratorio fans at the moment as his first foals are born in South Africa, and in the rest of the racing world, his offspring just keep on winning.  One of these is the comeback win after a nearly a year of lay-off for Manawanui, a 6 yo gelding who won the Gr Bill Ritchie Handicap of over 1400 m yesterday in fine style.

Jockey Tye Angland and trainer Ron Leemon never lost faith in this horse, even after a leg injury which led to a year of recovery.  But the right track convinced his management to take the chance and the 2011 Gr 1 winner showed what he was made of.


Well done to the owners, trainer, jockey and this super horse himself – we look forward to more of the same.





Son of Oratorio wins listed race

Son of Oratorio Tenor landed the listed Fortune Stakes over a mile at Sandown Park yesterday, gamely holding off Producer by a length, for his first stakes success, and his seventh in all.


We are looking forward to seeing more of this prospective champion overseas and with Oratorio’s offspring now arriving daily at breeders country-wide, hopefully soon we will experience the same magic on SA soil too.

Oratorio’s daughter wins Gr 3 in Ireland

Daughter of Oratorio,  Scream Blue Murder won the Gr 3 Phoenix Sprint Stakes at Curragh in Ireland yesterday.

This is a career best display for the 4yo bay filly and shows a resounding return to form. She was a listed winner last season and ran with credit in several Gr 3’s in the last season but this is her best effort to date.

Trainer Tommy Stack’s son and assistant Fozzy said: “That was a bit of a surprise, but she does like the ground. She toughed it out well.”She’s a Group Three winner now to go with her Listed win, so anything from now on is a bonus. She’ll probably come back here for the Renaissance Stakes and we could look at the Flying Five. We’ll probably draw stumps with her at the end of the season.”


Oratorio’s 1st foal kicks off the season

We were absolutely thrilled with the birth of the first ever Oratorio foal on South African soil recently.


She is a strong Bay filly out of retired race mare Mochachino and if she is a hint of what is to come, we can look forward to many more gorgeous – and fast – offspring from this internationally proven sire, now resident at Avontuur Estate.


With foaling season fully upon us, we will be loading new pictures of the newbies nearly daily, so watch our website under Bloodstock and then Foals 2014 to keep an eye on our progress.

Oratorio's first foal, a filly out of Mochachino, August 2014

Oratorio’s first foal, a filly out of Mochachino, August 2014