Trial treble for Oratorio

Mungrup Stud champion Oratorio is ready to rise up the juvenile ranks after siring three winners at the Belmont trials on Monday.

First into stride over 400 metres was Heat 1 winner Our Richard who scored by over a length from Velvet Vixen (Foxwedge).  He is trained by Rhys Radford for Frank & May Edwards and they are coming off a successful year with LR Belmont Guineas winner Great Shot.

Our Richard (2g Oratorio – My Lovely Lovely by Flying Pegasus) owns a pedigree going back several generations at Mungrup Stud.  It’s the family of G2 WA Guineas winner Moccasin Bend (Eternity Range) who had a Not A Single Doubt colt sell for $725,000 to Sheikh Hamdan at the Gold Coast Magic Millions earlier this month.

Mungrup has catalogued a Dick Turpin half-brother to Our Richard (Lot 361) at the Perth Magic Millions on February 21.

Konditori (2f Oratorio – Classic Café by Metal Storm) was an even easier winner of Heat 2 at Belmont and in a better time of 23:83s for trainer Paul Jordan and Harvey Crossman’s Lima Syndicate.

The same combo have dined out on numerous Oratorio winners like Castle Queen, Our Time Will Come, Castle Retreat, Coruscation and Hot Tamale.  The latest cost them $51,000 at the 2016 Perth Magic Millions

Colourful Charade (2c Oratorio – Agribiz by Key Business) was more advanced in Heat 4 holding a neck advantage over 1000m.  He had speed to burn when placed on debut at Ascot in November and will be winning his share for Wally Mitchell and Julie Clements.

Mitchell rated him one of the top colts of the 2016 Perth Magic Millions and paid for the privilege.  Western Breeders Alliance sold him on behalf of Ian Riley of Woodbridge Thoroughbreds.

Oratorio has 23 yearlings entered for the 2017 Perth Magic Millions – Colourful Charade was the most expensive last year at $170,000.