Considered Australia's premier test of weight-for-age class, the $3 million W.S Cox Plate (Aus-I) boasts a long and proud history.
- By Ric Chapman
Darley Australia has spent nearly a half-billion Australian dollars (U.S $415 million) to purchase the Ingham brothers' impressive Woodlands Stud operation.
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.
A paddock accident to a hind leg of the great Zabeel sent a scare through Cambridge Stud in New Zealand where the champion has been standing for 10 years. He was immediately confined to his stall.
Newly-crowned Australian Horse-of-the-Year Lonhro (Octagonal -- Shadea, by Straight Strike) added another major award Aug. 5 at the New South Wales Racehorse Owners' Association Night Of Champions at Royal Randwick racecourse in Sydney.
Retired Australian great Lonhro collected more than 94% of the possible votes to be named the continent's Horse of the year Aug. 4.
Woody Allen once said he didn't want to know when or how he would die, just where, so he wouldn't go there. Obviously no one warned Lonhro about going back to Randwick for his final race.
Betting lines on Saturday's $2 million (Australian funds) Australian Derby (Aust-I) suggest Niello is facing a far from easy task to become the fifth colt to win Australia's Triple Crown.
Australia's best racehorse, Lonhro (Octagonal--Shadea), will retire to stud in about three weeks.
Most Australian horses live in the shadow of Lonhro, but when you're his kid brother it can be a real trial. Not that Lonhro would be unaware of what its like, having always chased the reputation of their dad, Octagonal.
Into his final couple of races in his hometown of Sydney, Lonhro owns a strike rate of 75% and change. But the champion was mugged on the way to his 10th group I victory in his final Melbourne appearance Monday, his 22nd in a row as the betting favorite.
Octagonal's wonderful son, Lonhro drew within one of his father's 10 group I victories in a successful start to his final campaign in the C.F. Orr Stakes (Aust-I), at Caulfield on Feb. 7.
Jack Ingham, who with his brother, Bob, comprised the leading entity among Australian Thoroughbred owners and breeders, died today, the Australian Associated Press reported. He was 74.
Danehill is officially Australia's champion sire on General Australian earnings for the 2002-03 season.
Lonhro is likely to have taken a step closer to a confrontation with Australia's leading Thoroughbred, Northerly, with a facile win in the $250,000 (Australian funds) Chipping Norton Stakes (Aust-I) at Sydney's Warwick Farm March 15.
Sunline, the leading money earner in Australasia (Australia and New Zealand), is expected to start next in the Apollo Stakes (Aust-II) on March 3, her prep for Dubai. Sydney race fans should pack Warwick Farm as the race will feature a return bout between Sunline and local star Tie the Knot, who resides fourth on the list with $5.5 million (Australian funds).
Eight Carat, the New Zealand broodmare of the year three consecutive years from 1995-'97, was euthanized Tuesday at Patrick Hogan's Cambridge Stud.
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