PIPPA Mickleburgh, who stands Oratorio at Avontuur Stud, has always insisted that the stallion was imported to produce racehorse than train on into good older horses and that she was surprised to see the early success of runners like Van Halen and Carlita.

Recent performances by Van Halen (now three) and Divine Odyssey (now 4) is vindicating her trust in Oratorio, a son of Danehill and Irish Champion Three-Year-Old in 2005.

Divine Odyssey followed a recent feature win in the recent Listed Drum Star Stakes with a facile success in Saturday’s Gr2 Colorado King Stakes and trainer Johan Van Vuuren said: “He has improved much recently and it’s not due to gelding as he was gelded some time ago. He’s a horse that’s just turned the corner.”

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

At this stage he 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.