Coruscation clinches title for Oratorio

Perth Racing vice-chairman Harvey Crossman is glad he bid an extra $1,000 to buy Coruscation at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions.

Coruscation (2g Oratorio – Lightning Storm by Metal Storm) cost $36,000 and a second victory in the Westspeed Nursery Hcp (1200m) at Belmont on Saturday increased his earnings to $101,000 in prizemoney and bonuses.

“I guess he’s a bargain now but we could have got him even cheaper at the Magic Millions,” Crossman said.  “Michael Fagan raced his dam Lightning Storm and rated this bloke her best foal by far.

“Michael told me later he had a $30,000 limit at the sales but kept going to $35,000.  Luckily, our last bid clinched it.”

Coruscation also helped clinch a third Western Australian 2YO sires’ title for Oratorio (Aus).  The Mungrup Stud resident has sired the winners of 8 juvenile races this season for earnings over $452,000.  Touchstone Farm’s Vital Equine (Ire) is next best with $214,000.

Trained by Paul Jordan, Coruscation settled midfield before surging clear in the straight on Saturday.  “He drew the fence so we decided to let the others lead,” Crossman said.  “He got to the front in the straight and was going to win a long way out.

“He was strong on the line with 58kg and was actually being eased up at the finish.  We will wait until Paul comes back from England before making any plans for the immediate future.”

Oratorio (Stravinsky) stands at Mungrup for at $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

– Karl Patterson