Even-money favourite Ora Dare continued his rise up the ranks with another convincing victory in the Merrywell Hcp (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday.
The son of Mungrup Stud champion Oratorio (Aus) has only been beaten once in his last six starts and will have one more run before going to the paddock. “He was dropping back in distance but his sectionals suggested that wouldn’t be a problem,” stable foreman Jason Miller said. “We knew the pace would be on with Mega Steel and he was always travelling comfortably.
“Ben (Paterson) gave him very chance and the horse did the rest.”
Ora Dare (4g Oratorio – Brodrae by Barathea) sold for $75,000 from Mungrup Stud’s consignment at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions. Under the care of trainer Adam Durrant, he has since earned over $216,000 for owner Rod Cosgrove.
His dam Brodrae was initially retired to Murralla Stud in NSW where she produced Canterbury winner War Council (Commands). Purchased by Mungrup Stud in 2008, she delivered four foals in as many years but died in April 2012. The last of them is a 2yo colt by Danehill Express
Oratorio (Stravinsky) stands at Mungrup for at $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.