Cruz in control for Oratorio

Promising four year-old Agachar Cruz only began racing last September and he’s heading for better things in the new season after a trouble-free victory in the Perth Racing Hcp (1000m).

The Oratorio (Aus) gelding has won 4 of his 10 starts this term and was a class above a Benchmark 72 sprint at Belmont on Wednesday.  He jumped straight to front and was never in danger under Pat Carberry.

“It was all over once the brakes were released in the straight,” trainer David Harrison said.  “He’s bandaged because of speed cuts and Pat nursed him around the corner.”

Agachar Cruz (4g Oratorio – Quite Surprised by Key Business) broke his maiden at the first time of asking at Northam and followed up with Ascot and Pinjarra wins before that all-the-way victory at Belmont.

A homebred for Barry Crouch, he has a WA pedigree going back five generations to Florice (Matrice) who had crossed the Nullabor in 1973 to be mated with Fairfields Stud stallion Indian Conquest.

Mungrup Stud champion Oratorio brought up a double with Mr Motown on Wednesday to take his progeny earnings past $3 million this season.  He will stand for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee this year.