Lonhro Named Aussie Horse of the Year

Retired Australian great Lonhro collected more than 94% of the possible votes to be named the continent's Horse of the year Aug. 4.

Lonhro, who will stand at Bob Ingham's Woodlands Stud near Denman, was named first on 153 of 162 ballots. His sire, Octagonal, the 1995-96 Australian Horse of the Year, became the first stallion to also produce a Horse of the Year.

Lonhro also won the middle distance award after a tremendous year that included eight victories – including five in group I races – in 10 starts. His earnings topped $2 million.

Trainer John Hawkes conditioned both Octagonal and Lonhro, who won 25 of 34 career starts.

"They were different horses in the sense that Octagonal was more a stayer and Lonhro was more brilliant, a sprinter-miler," Hawkes said.

Other Australian division winners were: Dance Hero, champion two-year-old; Exceed And Excel, sprinter; Private Steer, champion filly/mare. Hawkes won the trainers award and Glen Boss was named the top jockey. The late Danehill was voted the top sire.