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Lonhro: the son of Octagonal is standing his first season in Kentucky

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Australian Group-race double for Lonhro

DARLEY'S Australian sire Lonhro - a shuttler to Kentucky for the first time this year - got a pair of Group scorers on the board in Australia on Saturday.

The Gai Waterhouse-trained colt Pierro defeated favourite Hussousa (Hussonet) in the Group 2 Patinack Farm Silver Slipper over 5½f at Rosehill and then Raspberries landed the Group 3 PFD Food Services Stakes over 7f at Flemington.

Two-year-old Pierro was bred by Darley in Australia out of the winning Irish-bred Daylami mare Right Note (known as Miss Right Note in the southern hemisphere).

Lonhro was a natural choice of sire for Right Note as her half-brother Laverock, winner of the Gran Premio del Jockey Club and Prix d'Ispahan, is by Lonhro's sire Octagonal, a son of Zabeel who formerly shuttled to France.

Right Note and Laverock are out of Sky Song, a Sadler's Wells half-sister to Ribblesdale Stakes winner Flying Cloud from the family of Markofdistinction, Opinion Poll and Salselon.

Raspberries was bred in Australia by the Ingham family's WoodlandsStud, which was bought lock, stock and barrel by Sheikh Mohammed in 2008.

The four-year-old filly is out of the Grand Lodge mare La Melba, a half-sister to Group 1 Sallinger Stakes winner Flavour from the further family of Reported, who won the Listed City of York Stakes for Michael Heaton-Ellis in 1992.

Lonhro won 26 of his 35 starts including 11 Group 1 races. The former Australian horse of the year is currently serving his first American season at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Kentucky at a fee of $30,000.





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