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Oratorio: the son of Danehill won the Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes

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Coolmore sire Oratorio sold to South Africa

AVONTUUR STUD in South Africa has purchased multiple Group 1 winner Oratorio from Coolmore.

The ten-year-old son of Danehill will complete this year's southern-hemisphere covering season at Coolmore's Australian base before travelling to his new home in South Africa in January.

Oratorio will not stand in South Africa this year as there is not enough time since his purchase for him to complete quarantine requirements.

The winner of the Futurity Stakes and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at two, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Oratorio had a memorable rivalry with Derby winner Motivator at three.

After finishing well behind Motivator in the Derby, he demoted his rival to second when landing the Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes.

Oratorio stood at Coolmore in County Tipperary from 2006 until 2011 and his stallion career got off to a brilliant start when his first crop of two-year-olds yielded the Dewhurst one-two Beethoven and Fencing Master.

Other highlights of Oratorio's northern-hemisphere crops are Windsor Forest Stakes winner Lolly For Dolly, Vintage Stakes winner King Torus and last month's Minstrel Stakes scorer Takar.

His crops from shuttling to Australia include Group 1 winners Manawanui and Banchee.

Oratorio will stand alongside Prix de l'Abbaye winner Var at Avontuur Stud.




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