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Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Former Coolmore sire Oratorio back covering mares

Son of Danehill had suffered from a bout of laminitis

Oratorio (nearside) closes the gap on Motivator to land the 2005 Coral-Eclipse at Sandown
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Oratorio, the three-time Group 1 winner and former Coolmore sire, has been nursed back to health after suffering from a bout of laminitis and has begun covering mares again at Avontuur Stud in South Africa. 

"The shock of his illness is now behind us and we are all pleased that the big guy is on the road to recovery - although he is confined to his box when not working and he is on a restricted diet," said Pippa Mickleburgh, general manager at Avontuur.

"He is also under veterinary and farrier care."

Mickleburgh added that the 15-year-old son of Danehill is 'back on the job', looking and feeling a lot better.  She also confirmed that mares belonging to shareholders would be covered at a rate of one per day.

"We are not putting him under any pressure," said Mickleburgh. "He covered Minelli - Val De Ra's dam - yesterday and is due to visit A Daughter's Legacy - dam of Classic contender Ancestry - tomorrow.

"We are thrilled as we were prepared to write this season off initially. We are just so thankful for the chance to get through some mares."

Mickleburgh said that Oratorio had shown indomitable fighting spirit and heart in recovering from the condition that can often prove fatal.

"Our vet Martin Denkhaus, with the support of Baker McVeigh and farrier Robbie Miller, has been wonderful," said Mickleburgh.

"Their care and attention made all the difference to get Oratorio back on the road to recovery so quickly."

Oratorio, winner of the 2005 Coral-Eclipse and Irish Champion Stakes for Aidan O'Brien as well as the Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere as a juvenile, stood in Ireland and Australia for Coolmore and is the sire of seven Group 1 winners.

The son of Danehill was purchased by Avontuur in 2013.

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