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Lonhro’s Son Leads Way For Victorian Stud’s Sire Trifecta



ENTERPRISING Victorian studmaster Neville Murdoch, owner of the picturesque Larneuk stud in the breeding stronghold region of Euroa, is to have a trifecta of well performed young Australian bred sires in the stallion yards in the 2012 season who have the potential between them to make the stud a big force in breeding.


All on very reasonable fees below $10,000 including GST, the trio of sires comprise O’Lonhro (Lonhro – Mamzelle Pedrille, by Zoffany (USA) ($6,600), one now heading to his third season, and two 2012 newcomers, the Lonhro relation Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert – Kensington Gardens, by Kenfair) ($8,800) and Hong Kong Group1 sprinter One World (Danehill Dancer (IRE) – River Serenade, by Hurricane Sky) ($6,600).


Two of the sires, O’Lonhro and Ilovethiscity, and also their own sires, appear important for breeding because they are impressive looking, good performing individuals offering outcrosses to Danehill.  Neville Murdoch must be delighted at his decision to be a pioneer of the Lonhro sire dynasty as this Australian Horse of the Year has boomed into a potential great sire since he installed the best colt, O’Lonhro, among the 72 winners in his first crop, 2-year-olds of 2007-08, at Larneuk.


O’Lonhro showed first class ability from 1200 to 1600m in a nine start career, highlighted by an on pace win as a short priced favourite over a field including Triple Honour, Court Command, Roman Emperor and Zavite at Warwick Farm in the historic weight-for-age Chelmsford Stakes. Its past winners have included Gloaming, Windbag, Heroic, Delta, Tulloch, Purple Patch, Kingston Town, Dr Grace, Might and Lonhro – twice. In his Chelmsford victory, O’Lonhro ran the fastest time for the race since it switched to1600m and his hand timed 1:34.50 was faster than the electronic track record. It was only his fifth start and took his record, all in Sydney, to three wins and two close seconds.


Typical of the Lonhro progeny, an eye-catching, big near black looking stallion from a top racemare from a celebrated family, O’Lonhro has been popular with mare owners. It is appreciation that has lifted since his first foals, Lonhro types, arrived last season. They include offspring of mares by Encosta de Lago, Giant’s Causeway, Success Express, Danzero, Don Eduardo, Danehill Dancer, Flying Spur, Kenny’s Best Pal, Strategic, Bianconi, Quest for Fame, Grand Lodge, Scenic, Alzao, Canny Lad, Invincible Spirit and Umatilla.


The appearance of a mare by Invincible Spirit with a first crop O’Lonhro foal, a filly, has added interest as the youngster is a close relation to I Am Invincible, a good sprinter who went into action at the Mitchell’s Yarraman Park stud at Scone in 2010. Used over books of 133 and 140, he is by Invincible Spirit and from a daughter of a sister to O’Lonhro’s dam Mamzelle Pedrille.


I Am Invincible stands at Yarraman Park with Magic Albert (Zeditave – Sally Lou, by Salieri), a prominent Australian sire with 2011-12 statistics including overseas runners of over 100 winners of 160 races and $4.5million to early June.  A Group1 Magic Albert performer during the year has been Ilovethiscity, one of the two newcomers to Neville Murdoch’s Larneuk Stud. Launched on a fee of $8,800, this handsome chestnut has wound up a stirling racing career that has resulted in nearly $900,000 with seconds last spring in the Group 1 George Main (1500m, a neck) and Group 2 Warwick Stakes (1400m).


Earlier performances included four wins at three last year, including the Randwick Guineas-Gr.1 (1600m; $1.90 favourite), Hobartville Stakes-Gr.2 (1400m; favourite) and Newcastle Spring Stakes-Gr.3 (1600m). Also at three, he was a long neck third in the million dollar Golden Rose-Gr.1 and a solid fifth of 17 in the Doncaster-Gr.1. His Doncaster effort was impressive for a lightly raced 3-year-old competing against some of the best older milers. Second in each of his first two starts at two, including the Inglis Classic at Rosehill, Ilovethiscity is not only by a first class sire, but also from one of the Southern Hemispheres top modern families. He is from Kensington Rose, a daughter of  Marscay’s close relation Kenfair (won Silver Slipper, fourth Golden Slipper) and Sweet Rose, a close relation by Sir Tristram to Group1 winners Grosvenor, Dalmacia, Gay Poss and National Gallery.


The greatest product of the family, however, is O’Lonhro’s sire Lonhro. Gay Poss, the fourth dam of Lonhro, is a half-sister to Ilovethiscity’s grandam.
RANDWICK GUINEAS: “He had to make his own luck.Taking off early and then he showed plenty of guts and determination to hold off all challengers.”
HOBARTVILLE: “A Group1 is well within this chestnut’s reach, given the way he quickens in his racing.”
GOLDEN ROSE: “Plenty of interference early here, but Ilovethiscity reigned supreme as the unlucky one.”

ILOVETHISCITY is one of four sires at Neville Murdoch’s Larneuk stud, Euroa, the others being O’LONHRO (Lonhro), ONE WORLD (Danehill Dancer) and BRAMSHAW (Encosta De Lago): Contact 0418 105 706, (03) 5790 3204, email

Courtesy of Brian Russell Bloodstock Media Service 

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