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Oratorio: has now sired Group 1 winners in both hemispheres

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Group 1 for Oratorio filly in New Zealand

ORATORIO has produced his first southern hemisphere Group 1 winner after his juvenile filly Banchee won the 6f AuRC Diamond Stakes at Ellerslie, New Zealand.

The Coolmore stallion sired last season's Dewhurst Stakes one-two, Beethoven and Fencing Master, from his first northern hemisphere crop.

Banchee was Oratorio's first ever southern hemisphere winner when scoring on her debut, also at Ellerslie. She was a NZ$375,000 (£168,161/€190,022) yearling at Karaka and is a half-sister to the New Zealand 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas winner Katie Lee.

Oratorio was a top-class juvenile himself, winning the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere, and he was runner-up in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh and the Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket.

He contested eight Group 1s in his three-year-old season. He was fourth and second in the English and Irish 2,000 Guineas respectively and won over 1m2f in the Eclipse Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes, beating Motivator into second on both occasions.

The son of Danehill stood at Coolmore Australia at a fee of A$22,000 (£12,222/€13,811) in 2009, and his 2010 fee in Ireland will be €15,000.

 

 

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