08/04/2005 12:00AM

Oratorio out of Juddmonte


Oratorio, who upset the Epsom Derby winner, Motivator, in the Eclipse Stakes on July 2, will miss his intended date in the Juddmonte International Stakes because of an unspecified injury.

His trainer, Aidan O'Brien, said that Oratorio had emerged from his Eclipse triumph suffering from stiffness. His work program has been interrupted, and so he will bypass the 1 1/4-mile and 88-yard Juddmonte International, a Group 1 event on Aug. 16 at York.

Oratorio is likely to be replaced by a stablemate, Ace, who was second to Azamour over the Juddmonte course and distance in the Group 1 Prince of Wales's Stakes on June 15.