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Oratorio: the Coolmore shuttler is also sire of Dewhurst winner Beethoven

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Third Group 1 winner for Coolmore's Oratorio

COOLMORE'S dual-hemisphere shuttler Oratorio got his third Group 1 winner on the board on Saturday when his three-year-old son Manawanui won the Tooheys New Golden Rose at Rosehill in Australia.

Manawanui, who also won last month's Group 3 Up and Coming Handicap at Warwick Farm, defeated Smart Missile (by Fastnet Rock) by a short neck intosecond, with Helmet (Exceed And Excel) in third.


Trained at Warwick Farm by Ron Leemon, Manawanui has now won four of five starts earning A$788,380.

He was a A$45,000 purchase for his trainer from the Goodwood Farm draft at the 2010 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Manawanui is the second foal and second winner for seven-time metropolitan winner Lady Remlap, whose previous foal is the winning La Remlap.

A daughter of Epsom Handicap winning sire Filante, Lady Remlap has been a regular visitor to Coolmore in Australia and has a two-year-old filly by Choisir, the sire of La Remlap, and a yearling colt by Oratorio.

Manawanui is the first stakes-winner in his family in five generations, so Oratorio has certainly done a good job of upgrading this old Australian pedigree, which traces back to champion filly Wenona Girl, who is his sixth dam.

Oratorio is standing the current southern-hemisphere breeding season at Coolmore's base at Jerrys Plains, New South Wales, for a fee of A$11,000 and Manawanui is his 13th stakes-winner worldwide and third Group 1 winner after Banchee (Ellerslie Sires' Produce Stakes in New Zealand) and Beethoven (Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket).

Oratorio went close to making it a stakes double with his high-class four-year-old son Torio's Quest finishing a close second in the Group 2 ATC Sebring Stakes at his first run back from a break.

 

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