Thursday, February 11, 2010

MAGIC MILLIONS - IRISH ORATORIO OFF AND WINNING IN AUSTRALI

Promising youngster Conturbar scored a milestone win for his sire, former star international galloper Oratorio, when an impressive winner at Wyong today.

A $45,000 purchase for senior part owner William Ouston at last year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Conturbar debuted in style and was able to race home to win by two and three quarter lengths.

The Gerald Ryan prepared youngster, who'd trialled twice in Sydney prior to his first outing this afternoon, was sold by Kulani Park (as agent) as Lot 3 just over a year ago.

The colt is the first winner to date for the Moonee Valley winning Canny Lad mare Rainbow Lover.

Further back it is the family of stakes winners including Banff Connection, Snowing, Machtig Mihi Panis, Carrara and this year's Blue Diamond hopeful Crystal Lily.

Not to be confused with the Australian bred and Magic Millions Adelaide Classic winner with the same name, the Irish bred Oratorio was a champion performer in Europe.

He was the second highest rated three-year-old of his year and during his career he won six of his 15 starts.

Oratorio won three Group One races - the Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown, the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Grand Criterium at Longchamp and the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown.

He was also second in an Irish Two Thousand Guineas, Phoenix Stakes and Dewhurst Stakes and third in a St James's Palace Stakes at York.

The Coolmore Stud shuttler is a half brother to five winners including the stakes winners Fahim and Mowaadah.

There is a well bred colt by Oratorio catalogued as lot 460 by Lyndhurst Stud Farm at next month's Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale.

A half brother to the Brisbane winner Local Talent, the colt is the latest yearling from a city performed Sir Tristram half sister to Le Zagaletta.