Winning Pictures for Oratorio in WA

Oratorio (Aus) delivered another winning double in Perth on Saturday and the Australian bred son of Stravinsky has now sired 15 individual winners of 34 races with earnings over $1.63 million.

Mungrup Stud’s boom second-season sire opened the Ascot meeting with the short-priced winners Motion Pictures and Saytorio.

Motion Pictures (2f Oratorio – Zabore Loch by Marooned) looked a sure-fire feature winner when she completed a hat-trick in the Westspeed 2yo Plate (1000m).  The Dave Casey trained filly had won both her starts in October – November by a combined total of 8 lengths.

She came from last to collar speedy Oratorio filly Hot Tamale in the final few strides to book her place in the G2 Karrakatta Plate on April 17.  Perth’s premier juvenile event is worth $500,000 this year and that prizemoney will attract a number of eastern states stables.

Oratorio has certainly upgraded the bottom half of the pedigree.  Her dam Zabore Loch was raced by Keith Biggs and she retired a maiden after failing in the mulga at Leonora and Laverton.

Biggs raced Oratorio to wins in the BTC Tommy Smith Slipper (LR) and Adelaide Magic Millions at two and the MVRC C S Hayes Stakes (G3) as a three year-old.

He has covered over 540 mares in his first five books in WA’s Great Southern.  Mungrup studmaster Gray Williamson increased his fee to $11,000 (inc gst) last year.

Motion Pictures is a Northern Thoroughbreds homebred for Don Hammarquist.  He kept the filly after she failed to make $60,000 at the 2009 Perth Magic Millions.  Her dam has a Due Sasso yearling colt and a Danehill Express filly foal and is back in foal to Oratorio.

“I didn’t think Motion Pictures could win when she was so far back at the 450m,” Hammarquist recalled.  “She’s pulled up well and now we can concentrate on the Karrakatta.

“I’ve got three mares in foal to Oratorio and I’m glad I got in early,” Hammarquist added.  “It won’t be long before Gray bumps up his service fee again!”