Oratism has come into strong calculations for next month's Karakatta Plate with a bold second-up win in today's Westsped Plate (1200m).
Trainer Darren McAuliffe turned out the daughter of Oratorio in magnificent style to dash home from sixth on the turn to post her first win at her fifth start.
Oratorio, at the juicy odds of $7.50, was ridden to perfection by Group 1 winning jockey Shaun O'Donnell, who was having his first ride back at Ascot after riding Luckygray in last week's Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.
The Dan Morton-trained Low Tide ($6) enhanced his Karrakkatta hopes with a storming run from 12th to knock Vampi Lass ($3 fav) out of second placing in the handicap.
Low Tide, by WA's leading sire Blackfrairs, was having only his second start after finishing third to Foxalicious over 1100m at Ascot last Wednesday week.
Oratorio earned $32,500 for her win, boosting her prizemoney to $50,000 - pushing her into the top end of money-earners for the $500,000 Karratta Plate.
"The 1000m last start was basically a trial because it was too short for her," McAuliffe said. "It sharpened her right up for this.
"We have had a lot of time for her and she'll be a nice horse in the Karrakatta in three weeks.
"We have taught her what to be for a racehorse."
McAuliffe's other two runners Ram Jam ($31) and Zee Dribbler ($27) finished fifth and seventh.
"Ram Jam hit the line nicely and was a good run," the trainer said. "Zee Dribbler has a lot to learn and will be better later."
McAuliffe bred Oratism from his Scenic mare Scenicism.
Oratorio was trained by Irish star handler Aiden O'Brien to win the Champion Stakes and Eclipse Stakes and stood in NSW at Coolmore Stud.
The stallion, who also is the sire of last year's Belgravia Stakes winner Miss Solis, was sold to South Africa after his final season in Australia last year.
The win was also compensation for McAuliffe, whose WATC Derby candidate Express Service was scratched from today after suffering an attack of colic.
Express Service was scratched at the barriers last week from the T J Smith Trophy (1600m) after kicking the bad of his gate.
The Pontiff Paul Harvey and The Wizard William Pike dominated the card riding doubles.Harvey returned from a week off after missing riding last week when injuring his foot in an accident at home to provide favourite backers success with Black Tycoon ($1.80 fav) bring up a hat-trick in Race Three, before ending a
string of minor placings for Young Lionel in Race Six.Pike gave trainer Dan Morton a double on former maiden Coughlin's Law (Race 2) and Galiletto (Race 7).
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