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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.

Oratorio Day Weanlings parade 1 web

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

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.