Dam of Aussie Horse of the Year Lonhro Dead

Shadea, the dam of Australian Horse of the Year Lonhro, was found dead in her paddock Tuesday at Woodlands Stud in New South Wales, Australia. The 19-year-old New Zealand-bred mare is by Straight Strike out of the First Consul mare Concia.

Lonhro, by Octagonal, won 11 group I races including the Darley Australian Cup and Carlton Draught Caulfield Guineas. In 2004, he was the country's Horse of the Year and champion miler. In all, Lonhro won 26 of 35 races and earned $5,790,510 (Australian funds).

Shadea also produced Lonhro's full brother, Niello, who won three group I races including the Rosehill Guineas. Both Lonhro and Niello currently stand at stud in Australia.

She was bred to Octagonal each year since producing Niello in 2000. She has a weanling filly that is a full sister to the two group I winners.

The cause of death “will not be known until an autopsy,” Trevor Lobb of Woodlands said. “It’s a very sad day for Woodlands. She was fine on Monday and her loss will be felt around here. Shadea has been a wonderful producer and was in foal to (Woodlands sire) Viscount. At least we have three of her daughters to breed from in coming years: Perfect Eight, O’Giselle, and a weanling filly (all by Octagonal).”

Shadea was a group stakes winner herself, taking the 1991 Sweet Embrace (Aust-II) as a 2-year-old. She placed in both the AJC Sires Produce (Aust-I) and Champagne Stakes (Aust-I).

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