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Recent performances by Gr1-winning two-year-old Van Halen (now three) and Divine Odyssey (4) is vindicating Avontuur Stud’s trust in their resident stallion Oratorio, a son of Danehill and Irish Champion Three-Year-Old in 2005.

Avontuur’s Pippa Mickleburgh has always said that she expects the Oratorio offspring to improve as they mature. Divine Odyssey, in particular, is racing out her prediction, with trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren apparently in agreement after Divine Odyssey facile success in Saturday’s Gr2 Colorado King Stakes.

Janse Van Vuuren said: “This horse has improved much recently and it’s not due to gelding as he was gelded some time ago. He’s just turned the corner so well.”

Divine Odyssey was a third winner in this race for Janse van Vuuren, who achieved a similar feat with Brazuca in 2016 – another winner who was out at the weights.

Divine Odyssey looked held on form by a number of runners. Nevertheless, he raced away from his opposition to score a most comfortable 3.10-length win over The Dazzler.

Jockey Calvin Habib said that he felt his mount moving up a bit early at the 500m. “I thought wait a bit longer – but when he accelerated he went away from them.”

Divine Odyssey, bred by Laurence Wernars and raced by Wernars and partners, went through the Cape Premier Yearling Sale ring at R500 000. He has won 5 races with 5 places from 15 starts for stakes of R636 825.

At this stage Divine Odyssey has not been entered for the Champions Challenge but after this victory it would come as no surprise to seem him come in as a supplementary entry.