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Oratorio - Sandown 2002

Oratorio wins the Coral Eclipse Stakes at Sandown beating Motivator


Oratorio gets off the mark in New Zealand


ORATORIO is off the mark in the southern hemisphere after his filly Banchee scored comfortably on herdebut at Ellerslie in New Zealand. The filly was a NZ$375,000 yearling at Karaka last year and is a half-sister to the recent 1,000 Guineas and 2,000 Guineas winner Katie Lee.

Banchee's dam, Miss Jessie Jay, was a Group 3 winner and is a half-sister to champion sprinter/miler Gee I Jane, who also raced in New Zealand.

Coolmore's 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.

In his classic year Oratorio ran eight times, all at the highest level. He was fourth and second in the English and Irish Guineas respectively and won over 1m2f in the Eclipse Stakes and the Irish Champion Stakes, beating Motivator into second on both occasions.

He has made a pleasing start with his first crop of runners in Britain and Ireland, which included the Dewhurst first and second Beethoven and Fencing Master, as well as Richard Hannon's Chesham Stakes winner Big Audio.

The son of Danehill stood at Coolmore Australia at a fee of A$22,000 in 2009, and his 2010 fee in Ireland will be €15,000.





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