Stablemates winning in tandem at Belmont

Stablemates Bayatorio and Prohurst Express will be winning more races in tandem for trainer Brett Pope after doubling up at Belmont on Saturday.

The promising three year-olds will also help publicise Mungrup Stud stallions Oratorio (Aus) and Danehill Express in the lead-up to the next breeding season.

BAYATORIO (3g Oratorio – Bantry Bay by Tale Of The Cat) was a game, on-pace winner of the Rotary Club Of Perth Hcp (1400m).  “He’s never been out of place and really digs deep when it counts,” Pope said.  “He’s been a good money-spinner for the owners and Westspeed is a bonus.”

Raced by Ross Webb and a syndicate spread across Australia, Bayatorio was $50,000 buy from Mungrup Stud at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions.  His dam Bantry Bay was a Group 3 winner of the 2007 SAJC Sires’ Produce Stakes and she foaled an Oratorio filly last August before testing positive to Dick Turpin in September.

Bayatorio will now campaign towards the LR Belmont Guineas (1600m) on June 21.

Oratorio is just a couple of months away from claiming a fourth WA 2YO title in the last six years and Mungrup will stand him for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee this year.

PROHURST EXPRESS (3g Danehill Express – Prohurst by Protos) completed a running double for Pope and Mungrup Stud sires in the Reed Resources Hcp (1000m).  He took a rails run and overhauled the leader L’rondine to score by three-quarters of a length.

“I have a lot of time for him,” Pope admitted.  “He’s from a very good family but is still raw.  I thought they might have been a bit too slick over 1000 metres but he hit the line like a good horse.

Prohurst Express is a homebred for Bernie Stephens and is a half-brother to the stakes winners La Sirenuse (G3 MRC Carlyon Cup), Hartleys Dream (LR Raconteur Stakes) and Paradise Park (G3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes).

Their dam Prohurst is a half sister to G1 Railway Stakes winner Machine Gun Tom and the dam of G1 Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh.

Stephens, who founded Hartley Estate winery in the Chittering Valley, also stood another half-brother Hartleys Spirit at Bellbridge Park for five seasons until 2010.

Danehill Express has sired 37 winners of 64 races for earnings over $1.57 million this season and that’s more than double next best Henny Hughes on the WA third-season premiership.  He’s on course for a clean-sweep of titles having won the first and second-season crowns.

Mungrup has announced Danehill Express will stand for a bargain-based $5,500 (inc gst) fee this year.