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Lonhro - The Black Flash
Profile of a Champion
By Octagonal from Shadea
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Lonhro then lined up in his final race in Victoria in the Australian Cup and the VRC made the day into a farewell for the champ - all he had to do was win.

The field featured the stars of the spring with Lonhro joined by Makybe Diva (Melbourne Cup), Mummify (Caulfield Cup), Elvstroem (VRC Derby) plus Group 1 winner Sound Action promising 3yo Delzao and the honest stayer Pentastic.  On settling Physique led Mummify then Sound Action followed by Lonhro inside Delzao then Zacielo followed by Elvstroem then Pentastic with Zazzman and Makybe Diva at the rear.  Little changed to the turn where Physique led Mummify with Sound Action joining them with Lonhro pocketed as Delzao improved with Elvstroem next.  With 300m left Physique led Mummify and Sound Action with Lonhro trying to take the run between the pair but it closed as they drifted together.  Lonhro was checked and Delzao held him in the pocket.  With 200m left Mummify and Sound Action were fighting it out as Delzao made his run forcing Lonhro to check again and turn sideways to get clear on the outside but with a lot of ground to make up.  By the 100m Delzao was two lengths clear and responding to his riders hard riding from Sound Action as Lonhro got balanced to chase from Mummify with Makybe Diva making ground along the rail and Elvstroem and Pentastic out wider.  50m from home Delzao was still a half length in front but Lonhro showed his champion qualities in never giving up the chase.  Slowly but surely Lonhro was gaining on the 3yo and hit the front three strides from the post to win to win by a half neck with a gap to Elvstroem third and Pentastic fourth.  It as an emotional win for connections and race fans as even the critics realised how special Lonhro really was.  

Lonhro poses for phtographers

Lonhro heads out before another victory

Lonhro then returned home to Sydney for the George Ryder Stakes where his sire Octagonal led the field out onto the track and then galloped down the straight as the field went to the barriers.  Rosehill turned on their farewell to Lonhro day with plenty of souvenirs for race fans and again the crowd was eager for the black horse to win and complete the day.  Gentle Genius and Keep The Faith shared the early lead from Grand Armee then Titanic Jack and Platinum Scissors as Lonhro got well back followed by Private Steer.  Passing the 1000m Keep The Faith led Gentle Genius then Titanic Jack and Grand Armee followed by Platinum Scissors then Lonhro.  Around the turn Keep The Faith led Gentle Genius with Grand Armee going up three wide around Titanic Jack followed by Platinum Scissors then Lonhro making ground from Private Steer.  On straightening Grand Armee hit the front from Titanic Jack and Keep The Faith as Lonhro hit full speed down the centre of the track followed by Private Steer.  By the 200m the giant Grand Armee was joined by Lonhro then Titanic Jack followed by Platinum Scissors and Private Steer out wide.  In the final 100m Lonhro started to race away winning by 2 1/2 lengths from Grand Armee with a further 1 1/2 lengths to Private Steer who was to win the Doncaster - All Aged Stakes Group 1 double at her next two starts.

Lonhro in the mounting yard

Lonhro races away from the opposition

On the final day of the AJC carnival Lonhro lined up for his final race start in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.  He was attempting to become the first horse since Tulloch to win the race in successive years.  Grand Armee settled in front from Pentastic then Aint Seen Nothin and Sound Action followed by Lonhro with Kablammo at the rear.  By the 1600m Grand Armee was cantering in front from Pentastic then Aint Seen Nothin ahead of Sound Action with Lonhro eased back alongside Kablammo despite the pace slowly to a walk.  Grand Armee continued to lope along in front as fans wondered why Lonhro had moved up to settle outside the second placed Pentastic fearing a leader bias sprint home that slowly run races can turn into.  Little changed as they continued slowly to the 1000m where Grand Armee extended his stride with ears pricked and a two length gap on Pentastic then Aint Seen Nothin and Sound Action followed by Lonhro.  By the 800m Grand Armee was five lengths in front of Pentastic and nearly eight lengths ahead of Lonhro and was barely going 3/4 pace.  Passing the 600m Grand Armee was let stride a mile in front of Pentastic and Sound Action with Lonhro making ground on the outside of the field already well away from the inside rail.  On straightening Grand Armee was at full speed and well clear as Lonhro ran on down the outside rail with Pentastic battling on.  By the 300m it was obvious fans worst fears had come true Grand Armee was full of running and three lengths clear of Lonhro who made slight ground but the head start made the task impossible.  Grand Armee was ridden right out to the line winning officially by six lengths from Lonhro who was eased up over the final 70m when he had second place safely held with Pentastic third and another gap to Kablammo fourth.  Grand Armee had run the last 600m in 34 seconds easily the fastest time of the day with facts and figures making it impossible even for Phar Lap to have caught him in the conditions.    

Lonhro was then retired to stud with his initial fee announced as $66,000 a record for local first season stallions but comparable with first season shuttle horses from the Northern Hemisphere.  While there was some discussion over the price Lonhro is arguably the best performed stallion to retire to stud in Australia since Tulloch in the early 1960s.

Lonhro returns to scale


Lonhro retired to stud with the record of 35 starts for 26 wins 3 seconds and 2 thirds with an incredible 74 winning percentage and earnings of $5,790,510.  He was undefeated on dead going and was undefeated at Flemington, won six of his seven starts at Caulfield and six of eight at Rosehill.  He won 3 of 5 starts over 1100m, 3 of 4 over 1200m, 6 races from 7 over 1400m was undefeated over 1500m and won 5 of 7 over 1600m and 5 of 6 over 2000m.  The only distance he raced over and failed to win was 2040m and that only at Moonee Valley.

Lonhro won a total of 11 Group 1 races, 10 Group 2 races and 3 Group 3 races and all but his very first two starts in a race were in Group and Listed company.

Lonhro and Darren Beadman return to scale


Lonhro and Darren Beadman in the mounting yard

All attention is on Lonhro as he is unsaddled after yet another win

The foal photos of Lonhro are courtesy of a Woodlands Stud employee

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