Oratorio heads roster at Mungrup Stud

Champion stallion Oratorio (Aus) will head the Mungrup Stud roster at $13,750 (inc gst) this year.

ORATORIO (Stravinsky) has won the Western Australian 2YO sires’ premiership twice and is favourite to make it three titles this season.  He leads fellow Mungrup resident Danehill Express at the top of the table for 2012-13.

Leading his current two year-old division are the brilliant Ascot winners Moet Me and Princess Hallowell.

And the Oratorios train on and on.  This season, his stakes winners include six year-old Trustee Brown (LR Detonator Stakes) while another black-type winner from the same crop Waratah’s Secret passed $700,000 in earnings.

Oratorio dominates locally based stallions at the Perth Magic Millions and that’s ensured breeders supporting him have been amply rewarded.  This year, three of his yearlings made six figures and, all up, 14 lots averaged $58,607.

DICK TURPIN (Ire) will shuttle from the English National Stud for his second southern book in 2013.  Studmaster Gray Williamson has kept his fee at $8,800 (inc gst).

Dick Turpin (Arakan) was undefeated in his first four starts as a two year-old including the G2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood.  He returned at three to defeat Canford Cliffs in the G3 Greenham Stakes at Newmarket before second-place finishes in the English 2000 Guineas, French 2000 Guineas and St James Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Trainer Richard Hannon sent him back to France the following month for a Group 1 victory in the Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly.  He quickened in the straight to score a four length victory over the Aga Khan’s G1 colt Siyouni.

Kept in training, he added another Group 1 in the Premio Vittorio Di Capua in Milan and also grabbed Group 2 victories over 1600 metres at Ascot and Sandown.

Dick Turpin’s first crop of English National Stud foals have ensured his latest northern book filled quickly and Mungrup is looking forward to the arrival of his first foals in the Great Southern.

DANEHILL EXPRESS is a rising star in the west and he’s also making a name on the national stage.  The Mungrup up-and-comer is running third to Casino Prince and Magnus on the Australian second-season premiership with 24 winners of 33 races

Express Service heads the charge with victories in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1400m) and LR Challenge Stakes (1500m).  And in Melbourne, his untapped debut winner Gold Rory will graduate to black-type racing when he returns from an injury-enforced spell for trainer Mark Riley.

Danehill Express is a stakes winning son of breed-shaper Danehill from G1 AJC Oaks winner Savana City.  His yearlings averaged $41,500 during Perth’s Premier Magic Millions Sale in February topped by a $95,000 colt that Mungrup Stud sold to Aquanita Racing.

Danehill Express will stand for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee in 2013.

HALA BEK (Ire) was initially imported from Europe to be used privately at Mungrup Stud but the response from outside breeders has encouraged Williamson to stand him on a commercial basis this year.

Two of his first-crop yearlings sold for $40,000 each to Belmont Bloodstock and trainer Ross Price at this year’s Perth Magic Millions.

Hala Bek raced just three times for Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum – winning by a combined 10 lengths at Newbury and Nottingham and finishing fourth in the G1 English Derby – beaten a nose, a short-head and a nose into fourth place behind Sir Percy.

Hala Bek is the only son of Halling (Diesis) at stud in Australia and he is available at a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.

McFLIRT is the quiet achiever on the Mungrup roster and is value plus at a $3,300 (inc gst) fee.

A NZ bred son of Kaapstad (Sir Tristram), he’s a Top 10 Sunspeed stallion with progeny earnings about to break through the million-dollar mark this season.

Mungrup homebred Accelarometer was his headline galloper earlier this season at Ascot.  Shortly after completing a winning hat-trick in December, he was snapped up by Singapore clients of trainer Shane Baertschiger and will be set for the G1 Singapore Derby in July.

Talented stayer Global Flirt has been another consistent money-spinner.  He won four races in town including the LR Towton Cup before a G2 placing in the Perth Cup on New Year’s Day.

McScar also put the writing on the wall for a black-type breakthrough this year when runner-up in the Listed WATC Stakes last month.  The Dave Harrison trained gelding earned black-type with placings in the G3 R J Peters and LR Carbine Club during the summer carnival.

RED HOT CHOICE is by champion sire Redoute’s Choice and will cover his third book at Mungrup Stud this year.  His career was restricted to 8 starts shortly after finishing second to God Has Spoken in the LR Aquanita Stakes at Ascot.

Redoute’s Choice sons at stud include Stratum, Snitzel, Bradbury’s Luck, Not A Single Doubt and his Mungrup based stallion is bred in the purple.  His dam Red Hot Mama (General Nediym) was a Flemington juvenile stakes winner and her second foal Mama’s Choice was also a two year-old stakes winner in Melbourne.

Red Hot Choice is available at a $3,300 (inc gst) service fee.

2013 Mungrup Stud roster

ORATORIO – $13,750
DICK TURPIN – $8,800

HALA BEK – $5,500
McFLIRT – $3,300
All fees (inc gst)