Oratorio colt heads for Irish 2,000 Guineas after Listed win

The Aga Khan’s home-bred Takar (3c Oratorio-Takarouna, by Green Dancer) marked himself a live G1 Irish 2,000 Guineas contender when becoming Oratorio’s fourth European stakes winner of 2012 on Monday.

The John Oxx-trained colt won a Leopardstown maiden by eight lengths in November and ran out an impressive winner of the Listed Dylan Thomas EBF Tetrarch Stakes under Johnny Murtagh at the Curragh.

“He won well considering he’s had a few setbacks. He was laid-up for a short while after his win in October and then for another three weeks in February,” Oxx told www.irishracing.com. “He’s done well to get here but I couldn’t say he lacked for fitness. He’s a talented fellow and we’ll try him at a mile now with the Irish Guineas likely to be his next run.”

Takar was winning eight days after Cherry Collect (3f Oratorio-Holy Moon, by Hernando) won the Italian 1,000 Guineas while Oratorio has also been responsible for this year’s G3 Nell Gwyn Stakes winner Esentepe (3f Oratorio-Mythie, by Octagonal) and Moonwalk In Paris (4g Oratorio-Shining Glory, by Singspiel), who landed the G3 Prix Edmond Blanc at Saint-Cloud.

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