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Lonhro: Australia's leading sire will shuttle to Kentucky next season

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Darley to shuttle
Lonhro to America

AUSTRALIA'S reigning champion sire Lonhro is to shuttle to America in 2012.

He will go to Jonabell Farm in Kentucky for the 2012 breeding season from his Australian base in New South Wales.

John Ferguson, Sheikh Mohammed's bloodstock advisor, put Lonhro's unique move from the southern hemisphere to the northern hemisphere into perspective.

"Lonhro is a rare thoroughbred - a Horse of the Year on the racetrack and then a Champion sire," he said in a statement.

"He is among the most talented horses to have graced the Australian turf in living memory and will bring to
America the soundness and toughness for which Australian horses are known.

"As a stallion, his rise has been meteoric."

Lonhro won 11 Group One races at ages three, four and five from 1400m to 2000m.

He became Australia's Champion sire for the first time last seasonr after having only four crops to race.

He has sired Group 1 winners Beaded, Benfica and Denman, who now also stands alongside Lonhro in Australia.

"Lonhro is coming in at the top of his game," Ferguson said.

"He's already proved he's a stallion of influence. And he's a great looking horse.

"Lonhro has totally rewarded our faith in the southern hemisphere and we believe he will be perfect for mares in the northern hemisphere and a real asset to breeders."

His fee will be set at a later date.




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