Coolmore sire Oratorio is now off the mark with his runners in AustraliaPICTURE: GETTY IMAGES
Oratorio colt scores sire's first Australian win
ORATORIO got off the mark in Australia today when his son Conturbar won a juvenile maiden at Wyong. The Coolmore sire had 16 winners in his first northern hemisphere season in 2009, finishing third in the leading European first-season sire list by prize money behind Shamardal and Dubawi.
Gerald Ryan trains the bay colt, who was ridden to a comfortable three-length victory in the 5f event by Tye Angland. His trainer gave a positive bulletin on the juvenile.
He said: "He's certainly a city class horse and I think he is up to competing well at Stakes level. He is a good, sound, tough, horse and he's run a fast time in that ground today so it was a good win."
Oratorio stood at a fee of A$22,000 (£12,222/€13,811) at Coolmore Australia, and his first southern hemisphere winner was the New Zealand-based filly Banchee.