Oratorio’s excellent run continued at the Curragh on Saturday when Takar (3c Oratorio-Takarouna, by Green Dancer) proved much too good for his opposition in the G3 Minstrel Stakes.
The one-time Classic hope, home-bred by the Aga Khan, continues to improve and saw off Singing Bird (3f Excellent Art-Anna Deesse, by Anabaa) to score by three lengths with 11 lengths back to the third.
The John Oxx-trained colt could now step up to Group 1 company after this latest facile success on testing ground.
“It´s not often that you get a penalty kick but the second ran well and chased him up. He goes on that ground very well,” Oxx told www.racingpost.com. “It’s amazing as he moves likes he wants hard ground and the dam wanted fast ground.”
Jockey Johnny Murtagh told TDN: “He’s improving all the time and won a nice race at Leopardstown last time, which entitled him to be favourite today. He handles the ground very well – he has heart, though I would be interested to see how he gets on back on better ground.
“He’s small and a nice mover, so I thought he would actually improve on good ground and I fancied him to run a big race in the Guineas.
“In Group 3 company, he’s able to boss it and enjoy himself, but hopefully we’ll go to a Group 1 again and see how far he can go.”