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Lonhro: Australian Horse of the Year enjoyed a Group race double on Saturday

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Australian Group race double for Lonhro

DARLEY Australia's Lonhro took another step towards ending the year as a top two Australian sire on Saturday when daughters Beading and Obsequious landed a Group race double.

Their wins brought Lonhro's total progeny earnings for the season to over A$3.9 million. However, he is still a long way off leader High Chaparral, who continues to be untouchable with the earners of over A$6.4 million to his credit.

Three-year-old Obsequious, trained by Peter Snowden on behalf of Darley, dominated the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick with a two-length win under Kerrin McEvoy over Red Trancer (by Dane Shadow). Another daughter of Lonhro, Parables, took third.

It was the second stakes win for Obsequious, who was bred by Woodlands Stud out of the Commands mare Sycophant.

Meanwhile at Caulfield, another Darley-Snowden representative, five-year-old Beaded, tuned up for a crack at the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes in March by taking the Group 3 Hyderabad Race Club Handicap at Caulfield.

Beaded filled the frame in three Group 1 events last year and an elusive victory at the top level next month would see her become a second Group 1 winner for Lonhro following Golden Rose Stakes scorer Denman, who now stands alongside his sire.

In all, Australian Horse of the Year and 11-time Group 1 winner Lonhro is the sire of 20 stakes winners from three crops of racing age. The son of Octagonal stood the past southern hemisphere season at Darley's Kelvinside base in Australia for $88,000. Among his book was triple Melbourne Cup heroine Makybe Diva.

 

 

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