Big Day for Oratorio

Oratorio claims more glory - Singapore Airlines International Cup & Derby Italiano

Military Attack

Military Attack storms clear to win the Gr1 Singapore Airlines International Cup

Oratorio, sold by Coolmore earlier this year to stand in South Africa, continued his hot run of form in 2013 when Military Attack sauntered to an easy win in the Gr1 Singapore Airlines International Cup at Kranji and Biz The Nurse landed the Derby Italiano at Capannelle on Sunday.

The John Moore-trained Military Attack, who was winning his third Gr1 of the year, beat a high-class field that included the British raiders Mull Of Killough (fifth) and Hunter’s Light (sixth).

It was a day to remember for Biz The Nurse’s trainer Stefano Botti, as he also trained the second and third home in the Italian Derby. A number of Oratorio’s progeny have been hitting the target this month – since the beginning of May he has sired seven winners in Britain and Ireland – including the useful handicapper Eton Forever and Viztoria, who won the Gr3 Athasi Stakes at the Curragh on her seasonal reappearance.

Biz The Nurse

Biz The Nurse flies home to win the Gr2 Derby Italiano

Oratorio, who landed the Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes for Aidan O’Brien, got off to a flyer at stud with his first crop yielding the Dewhurst one-two Beethoven and Fencing Master.

However, the son of Danehill went through a quiet spell and was sold to Avontuur Stud in South Africa. Military Attack, who started his career in Britain winning three races for John Hills, was bought for £40,000 by Amanda Skiffington at the Goffs Orby yearling sale.

Military Attack is from a family chock full of winners. He is a half-brother to six winners, incldug the useful middle-distance performer Salee and is out of a Dancing Brave half-sister to the 2,000 Guineas and Champion Stakes hero Haafhd.

A £40,000 yearling, Biz The Nurse is out of the Listed-winning Tobougg mare Biz Bar and is from the family of outstanding performer Niniski.

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