Solid Guineas Trial for O’tauto, Big Future for O’lonhro
The Greg Eurell trained O’tauto lived up to expectations yesterday at Flemington staging a an incredible finish to run second at his first start in the city and the second of his career.
3rd last at the turn O’tauto showed that distinctive turn of foot reminiscent of his Grand Sire Lonhro, a trait shown in many of the O’lonhro horses, although he raced a little greenly as would be expected he gave connections plenty of hope for the future, especially for the upcoming Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.
Prominent Victorian Breeder Neville Murdoch owner of O’tauto said after the race “he looks like a horse that will improve with racing, he certainly has the phone ringing, bookings for O’lonhro have been brisk over the last 2 weeks”.
Larneuk has been experiencing the success that comes from hard work and expertise over the last year, a Group 1 win and some exceptional performances at the highest levels of racing in Australia and South Africa are making Larneuk one of the rising stars of Australian breeding.
O’So Hazy a sprinting mare that ran 3rd in the Country Championships and is already fancied as a chance in The Kosciuszko – the $1.3million sprint race exclusively for NSW country-trained horses. This talented mare has over $200,000 in winnings to her name.
O’Lonera is establishing himself as a stayer of some ability having already put together over $500,000 in winnings and having won multiple metropolitan races in Victoria.
Mamzelle Tess this mare is a metropolitan winning sprinter having put together over $220,000 in winnings, she was a strong 3rd in the PROUD MISS Group 3.
There’s a very good reason why Lonhro has over a dozen sons standing at stud. They work! O’Lonhro is working too and little wonder. A cracking individual who is renowned for throwing them to type, O’Lonhro was unbeaten in his two starts as a 3YO before capping his career at four with a victory in the time honoured Group Two Chelmsford Stakes (emulating his sire and beating home Group One Doncaster Handicap winner, Triple Honour), along with a second in the Group Two Warwick Stakes.
It’s a pretty good family as well … mum, Mamzelle Pedrille, was a Group Two winner in Sydney and is up close and personal with both Group One winner Diamond Drille and, wait for it, I Am Invincible (32 stakes winners). In this industry, it’s not always about what you know, but who your stallion is related to!
Most importantly, O’Lonhro has gotten off to a good start at stud with his first few crops producing Mamzelle Tess, the winner of six and Group placed in May, stakes placed O’Lonera – also a 6-time winner with over half a million in the bank – O’Lonh Star (6 wins), Big Reel (6 wins), O’ So Hazy (5 wins). All up … nearly 70 winners of circa $4 million. That’s pedigree and performance AND excellent value with his fee just $5,500 inc. GST.