Secret stays in Perth

David Harrison will resist the temptation to float unbeaten Oratorio three-year old Waratah’s Secret to Melbourne, following the gelding’s effortless Belgravia Stakes win last Saturday.  Instead the astute trainer will focus his attention on winning the G1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 5.

Waratah’s Secret (3g Oratorio-Blissfully by Zabeel) sat on the speed for most of Saturday’s $75,000 feature before bounding clear to demolish his rivals by more than three lengths.  The winning time of 1.08.13s was a massive 2.19s faster than last year’s winner Moccasin Bend.  “The track was very fast on Saturday, but they still have to run (the time) I suppose,” Harrison said. “It was a fantastic win.”

“He won in a hand canter really. He over raced a little bit early. He’s probably still got a fair bit to learn.  “I’ll probably try and settle him in the Fairetha (Stakes) in a couple of weeks. If he comes through the Fairetha with flying colours we’d head to the Guineas.”

“If he comes through the Guineas with flying colours we might go to the Kingstown Town (Stakes), and if he doesn’t we’ll just go back in distance.”

Waratah’s Secret was a $43,000 at last year’s Perth Magic Millions and has banked closed to $100,000 in prizemoney from his three starts.  He is a first crop three-year old for Mungrup sire Oratorio and is the third winner for the lightly raced Zabeel mare Blissfully.

Oratorio, an Australian bred son of Stravinsky was a former top class juvenile who won feature races in numerous states including the Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic.  Prepared by Hall of Fame horseman Lee Freedman, he trained on at three to win the G3 CS Hayes Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Other notable performers from Oratorio’s first crop include G2 Karrakatta Plate winner Gold Rocks and multiple city-winning filly Clueless Angel.