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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.

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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

It’s a Var fest in PMB this weekend.

It’s All Star Horseracing at Scottsville this Saturday with four Gr 1’s and some of the country’s best horses lining up for a day of incredible racing as part of the three month long Champion’s Season Extravaganza in KZN!

For Avontuur and all the Var fans out there, the day is even better as we have an incredible number of Var’s progeny participating and as if that’s not enough, a substantial number of other Avontuur-bred horses as well.

Some of the well-known Var’s include Via Africa, Contador and Schiffer with up-and-coming participants like Varikate, Harry Lime and Rock me Var adding to the line-ups.

Via Afrika

Via Afrika

Other runners linked to Avontuur include Balkan, Normanz, Tevez, Miss October and Happy Forever, all of which have been making us proud over the last few years. 

See below for some of the race cards, featuring this incredible line-up:

Gr 1 Golden Horse Sprint, R750 000 (1200m)

 1  HERE COMES BILLY    60.0  112 (112)   14      

2  CONTADOR            59.5  111 (111)    7

 3  WHITELINE FEVER     59.0  110 (110)    9

 4  SNOWDON             58.5  109 (109)    2

 5  HAPPY FOREVER       57.5  107 (107)   16

 6  LAKE ARTHUR         57.0  106 (106)    4

 7  RED RAY             56.5  108 (105)   17

 8  TEVEZ               56.5  105 (105)   15      

9  CASTLETHORPE        55.5  103 (103)   12

10  BARBOSA             55.0  102 (102)    8

11  MR WHATEVER         54.5  101 (101)    3

12  READYTOGORIGHTNOW   54.5  101 (101)    1

13  CHEKILLI            53.5  102 ( 99)   10     

14  NORMANZ             53.0  101 ( 98)    6

15  PIANO MAN           52.5   97 ( 97)   11

16  REGAL EAGLE         52.5   97 ( 97)   18

Reserve Runners

17  RODEO DANDY         52.0   96 ( 96)   13

18  DEPARDIEU           52.0   95 ( 95)    5

 

Gr 1 Allan Robertson Championship.  R600 000.  (1200 m)

 1  ALBORAN SEA         58.0    0 (  0)    2      

2  ARRIA               58.0    0 (  0)   16

 3  BALKAN              58.0    0 (  0)    9

 4  COTTON CANDY        58.0    0 (  0)    4

 5  FLAME CAT           58.0    0 (  0)   13

 6  FLYING LOOT         58.0    0 (  0)   15

 7  LADY KY             58.0    0 (  0)   10

 8  MAJMU               58.0    0 (  0)    3

 9  MILLENIUM REIGN     58.0    0 (  0)   11

10  MISS ARGENTINA      58.0    0 (  0)   14

11  ONE FINE DAY        58.0    0 (  0)    1

12  RICH GIRL           58.0    0 (  0)   12

13  ROSIER              58.0    0 (  0)    8

14  SEVEN WHISPERS      58.0    0 (  0)    6

15  SHAHRASAL           58.0    0 (  0)    5

16  WHISTLING WONDER    58.0    0 (  0)    7

Gr 1 SA Fillies Sprint. R600 000 (1200m)

Sc# Horse               Mass   MR       Draw

1  VIA AFRICA          60.0  112 (112)    1

2  ALL IS SECRET       60.0  111 (111)    5

3  MISS OCTOBER        60.0  106 (106)    6

4  JET AGLOW           60.0  104 (104)   15

5  REFLECTIVE IMAGE    60.0  102 (102)   16

6  JET SUPREME         60.0  100 (100)   10

7  HONORINE            60.0   98 ( 98)   13

8  JACKODORE           60.0   97 ( 97)    9

 9  SCHIFFER            60.0   96 ( 96)   11

10  KING’S TEMPTRESS    60.0   95 ( 95)    3

11  CHOIR MAIDEN        60.0   94 ( 94)   12

12  KINEMATIC COUNTESS  60.0   94 ( 94)   14

13  FLY BY NIGHT        60.0   93 ( 93)    4

14  SHE’S A STUNNER     60.0   90 ( 90)    2

15  VARIKATE            60.0   88 ( 88)    7

16  TIGER QUEST         58.5  105 (102)    8

  Gr 1 Tsogo Sun Medallion, R600 000.  (1200 m)

   1  ANJAAL          58.0    0 (  0)   14

  2  ANTWERP         58.0    0 (  0)   16

  3  BANAADEER       58.0    0 (  0)   11

  4  BECKEDORF       58.0    0 (  0)    8

  5  BELONG TO ME    58.0    0 (  0)   18      

  6  CAPTAIN CLIPPER 58.0    0 (  0)    9

  7  DANTE’S LEGACY  58.0    0 (  0)    5

  8  GUINESS         58.0    0 (  0)    6

  9  HARRY LIME      58.0    0 (  0)   15

10  HARRY’S SON      58.0    0 (  0)    4

11  ISPHAN           58.0    0 (  0)    2

12  PRECURSOR        58.0    0 (  0)   12

13  PUNK ROCKER      58.0    0 (  0)   13

14  ROCK ME VAR      58.0    0 (  0)    1

15  SPLIT THE BREEZE 58.0    0 (  0)   10

16  CARRY ON ALICE   55.5    0 (  0)    3

 

 

 

Son of Oratorio shows the young ones how it’s done!

Seven year old son of Oratorio Eton Forever  won the listed King Richard III Stakes, the feature race on the Leicester race card on Saturday by 3 lenghts, showing up his younger competitors in fine style.

Ridden by jockey Andrea Atzeni and trained by Roger Varian, he had only a few outings over the last year, all of which however showed his class and to our eyes, that of his world-class sire who currently stands  at stud at Avontuur Estate.