the last six years, Australian breeders have faced somewhat of a conundrum in having
two stallions standing in this country by the same name – Oratorio – but it
seems we are now going back to having just one.
Irish bred Oratorio, the sire of Group I ATC Golden Rose winner Manawanui, will complete this upcoming breeding season in Australia for Coolmore at a fee of $11,000, but will then be headed for South Africa.
A ten year-old son of Danehill, Oratorio is the sire of 22 stakes-winners worldwide, his best performers in the Southern Hemisphere outside of Manawanui being Kiwi Group I winner Banchee and Group II BRC Queensland Guineas winner Torio's Quest.
Irish Oratorio has reportedly been sold and is set to join the roster at Avontuur Stud in South Africa from January 2013.
Australian breeders flocked to Oratorio(pictured) last year in the wake of Manawanui's impressive spring performances on the track and he covered 166 mares, so expect to see plenty of his foals on the ground in coming months.
Over in Western Australia, Aussie bred Oratorio, who started his stud career in 2005, a year ahead of Irish bred Oratorio, continues to be in strong demand at Mungrup Stud where he commands a fee of $22,000.
The son of Stravinsky (USA) has progeny earnings in excess of $6.4 million with six stakes-winners to his credit highlighted by brilliant fillies Motion Pictures, Clueless Angel and Gold Rocks as well as classy sprinter Waratah's Secret.