Larnuek Shines at Day 1 Of The Championships
Close to 20,000 people enjoyed Day 1 of the prestigious carnival with four Group 1 events on the 10-race program.
The opening day of The Championships has produced a a Group 1 winner and a placing in the Country Championships for Larneuk.
O’ So Hazy (by O’Lonhro) kicked off the action for Larneuk, the home bred filly that the farm still retains part ownership of ran the race of her life, (watch the race). O’ So Hazy, better suited to 1200m, was ridden by to perfection by Brooke Sweeney her regular rider and both of them gave everything they had in the 1400m race. She has now clocked up 5 wins and over $200,000 in prizemoney and her sire O’Lonhro remains one of the country’s best value propostions standing for $5000 + GST.
“She was tough all the way through,” Sweeney said. “She relaxed beautifully today. When I asked her at the top of the rise she just gave her absolute all, I couldn’t be prouder of her.”
“O’Lonhro is a terrific owner/breeder horse whose progeny stand a great chance of getting to the track and he sires tough, honest performers who are giving their owners a lot of fun,” said Neville Murdoch.
For breeders looking for a little piece of the Lonhro magic, O’Lonhro is affordable at a fee of $5,500 and is completely free of Danehill blood.
Coming as he does from the family of red hot Hunter Valley sire sensation I Am Invincible, O’Lonhro has the pedigree to please the owner breeder looking to access the best bloodlines close to home and within budget.
Next up for the farm was a Group 1 win
El Dorado Dreaming won the Group 1 Inglis Sires’ to give rookie trainer Ben Smith a fairytale win. Sired by Ilovethiscity at Larneuk.
Larneuk has had a great run in 2018 producing some fine yearlings by Cluster and O’lonhro, the first weanlings are on the ground for Wold Cry and the first Honorius foals will be born at the farm this year.
Cluster was another winner for the farm averaging around $50,000 at the sales, not a bad return considering he stands for only $6,000 + GST.
For further information on O’Lonhro contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706 or visit www.larneuk.com
Australian Turf Club Chairman, Laurie Macri, said: “Day One of The Championships has provided top class racing on a fantastic Royal Randwick surface.
“Since its inception in 2014, The Championships has gone from strength to strength.”
The Championships continues at Royal Randwick next Saturday 14 April where wonder mare Winx will be looking to equal Black Caviar’s record of 25 straight wins when she takes her place in the Group 1 $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes.