son of a champion and a champion himself,
Lonhro retires to Woodlands in a blaze of black
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".
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!
... a true WFA champion.
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.
... a horse with a top stallion's pedigree.
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.