Mungrup Stud stallions Oratorio and Danehill Express continued their domination of the Western Australian 2YO and 3YO premierships in 2013-14.
ORATORIO finished on top of the Sunspeed 2YO table for the fourth time – his juveniles earned $727,880 with Magic Millions Classic winner Cadenza the leader among 7 individual winners. She won twice in town and so did Cuanzo and Palace Intruder.
Oratorio will be favourite to defend his crown this season against the likes of So Secret, Universal Ruler, Vital Equine and highly-regarded newcomers Alfred Nobel, Demerit, Planet Five and War Chant.
Mungrup is banking on his top-priced filly from the 2014 Perth Magic Millions returning to race in Australia. She was shipped to New Zealand after being purchased for $230,000 by Kiwi agent Glen Harvey.
“She broke in nicely and is back in work at Cambridge,” Harvey said on Thursday. “We will give her an early-season trial and then assess whether to send her back to Australia. We haven’t decided on a trainer as yet but, overall, we’re very happy with the way she is progressing.”
The Oratorio – True Surrender filly is a half-sister to G2 WA Guineas winner Moccasin Bend and Mungrup rated her the best filly it had ever presented at the Magic Millions.
DANEHILL EXPRESS claimed the Sunspeed 3YO title for the second year in a row. His first-crop three year-olds earned $960,000 in 2012-13 thanks to Express Service who won the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy and followed up with a Listed victory in the Challenge Stakes at Ascot.
In 2013-14, Lenience helped increase his 3YO earnings to $1.16 million. He was runner-up to Testamezzo in this year’s Magic Millions Trophy and kept the till ticking over with wins at Ascot (2) and Belmont.
Express Service and Lenience are both out of mares by Marooned.
Oratorio stands for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee this year and Danehill Express is available for $5,500 (inc gst).