Cadenza made a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure for her connections at Belmont on Wednesday.
The Oratorio (Aus) filly collared the leader at the furlong in the Danmar Homes Hcp (1200m) and then held off a challenge from Rikki Tikki Tavi to score by a neck. It was her first win since last year’s LR Perth Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
“It’s good to get one back with her,” trainer Dan Morton said. “She had to work early and didn’t get a chance to relax but Jason (Brown) was patient and she closed it off nicely.”
Cadenza (3f Oratorio – Lady Mambo by Seignorial) is raced in partnership by Mungrup owners Gray and Jan Williamson along with Fred Fairthorne who was also in Morton’s Group 1 winners Scenic Blast and Scenic Shot.
The Williamsons stand Oratorio but Cadenza wasn’t raised at their Great Southern nursery. De Grey Stud owner Dick Vincent bred and sold her for $60,000 at the 2013 Perth Magic Millions and she has now earned $277,000 including $37,500 in Westspeed bonuses.
Morton went back and bought a Scandal Keeper – Lady Mambo yearling colt for $30,000 at this year’s Perth Magic Millions. Their dam is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Barely A Moment (VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes & Toorak Hcp).
Cadenza increased Oratorio’s lead in the WA 3YO sires’ premiership to $1.11 million and he’s home-and-hosed for a fifth WA 2YO title with earnings of $750,126.
Mungrup Stud will stand Oratorio for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee this year.
Hoofnote: Oratorio sired promising first-time winner Halusa at Northam on Thursday. The Mt Hallowell Stud owned gelding skipped maiden ranks to snatch a Class 1 by over a length from Coming Back (High Chaparral).
Halusa is also related to Oratorio on the bottom half of his pedigree. His dam Scuffs was a stakes winning speed machine for Mungrup Stud and she hails from the immediate family of Oratorio and his Group 1 winning half-sister Sea Siren.