The son of a champion and a champion himself,
Lonhro retires to Woodlands in a blaze of black type glory.

Our home-bred champion retires to Woodlands in 2004 following the culmination of a sensational racetrack career which overshadowed that of his sire, Australian Horse of the Year, Octagonal. Throughout his career, the argument was often raised as to which was the better racehorse, Lonhro or Octagonal? The verdict of the experts is Lonhro due to his superior speed. VRC handicapper Jim Bowler had this to say: "Lonhro is a world-renowned middle-distance horse that won the Missile Stakes over 1100m. You are talking about the very, very, best of horses".

An admiring and enthusiastic press gave Lonhro the sobriquet "the black flash" in recognition of the horse's great natural brilliance and his electrifying finishing speed. It is these qualities which make for a superior racehorse and that's exactly what Lonhro was - a superior racehorse!

LONHRO ... a true WFA champion.
Of their very nature, champion racehorses invariably only compete in races of the highest class and that's what Lonhro did throughout his racetrack career. A Group 3 winning 2YO, every race Lonhro contested as a 3YO, 4YO and 5YO was a stakes race, 14 were at Group 1 Level. Weight-for-age competiton os generally considered to represent racing's highest order, especially when conducted at Group 1 level. Lonhro demonstrated most emphatically that he was a true weight-for-age champion.

LONHRO ... a horse with a top stallion's pedigree.
With Lonhro, it's a case of the pedigree also being there. His dam Shadea is a stakeswinning grand-daughter of Mr. Prospector. As a 2YO, she won the Group 3 Sweet Embrace Stakes and she was Group 1 placed in both the AJC Sires' Produce and Champagne Stakes.

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