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Lonhro: Darley stallion set to end the Australian season as leading sire by number of stakes winners

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Lonhro's bigAustralian season closing in style

NEW champion sire Lonhro is also set to claim the title of Australia's leading sire of stakes winners for the season after a week of black-type success.

Lonhro (A$8.66 million) stretched his winning margin over Redoute's Choice (A$7.27 million) on the prize-money ladder when Scarf won the Listed Winter Stakes at Rosehill and The Ruffian claimed the A$120,000 Northern Territory Derby at Fannie Bay on Saturday.

On Wednesday, Jerezana gave Lonhro a further boost when she won the Listed A$130,000 Ramornie Handicap at Grafton.

Those successes have lifted Lonhro's tally of stakes winners forthe season to 14, one more than Redoute's Choice and Encosta De Lago.

Lonhro's achievement to be crowned champion sire puts him in the league of Danehill and Sir Tristram as stallions who won the prize-money title within seven years of retiring to stud.

The Darley-based son of Octagonal is THE sire of 27 individual stakes winners to date, including Group 1 winners Beaded, Denman and Benfica.

Scarf gave Lonhro his 14th black-type winner of 2010-11 in the last stakes race of the season in Sydney, leaving little opportunity for Redoute's Chopice and Encosta De Lago to peg him back.

Bred by Woodlands Stud, Scarf is out of the Grand Lodge mare Muffle, a half-sister to the stakes placed Lament and Stutter.

Lament is the dam of Listed winner Jeremaid (Octagonal) and Stutter is the dam of fellow Lonhro stakes winner Dysphonia.

Muffle has a rising yearling by first-season sire Ad Valorem, the sire of seven juvenile winners so far this season.

Scarf is a three-quarter brother to the Octagonal winners Stifle and Muscatels.

The Lee Freedman cast off The Ruffian completed a classic double in Darwin when he wonthe Northern Territory Derby at Fannie Bay on Saturday.

The Ruffian (Lonhro - Rose Of Danehill by Danehill) also won the Darwin Guineas earlier this month for his new trainer Sheila Arnold and is now set for the A$175,000 Darwin Cup on August 1.




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