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Lonhro Is A Champion
Trainer John Hawkes has set this outstanding 5YO son of Octagonal for another big campaign. Lonhro returned from a spell last Saturday and won the Group 1 C. F. Orr Stakes over 1400 metres at Caulfield.
Lonhro looked in trouble, but like great horses, found something extra under pressure and in a driving finish just defeated Vocabulary, Sound Action and Super Elegant. It was Lonhro's ninth Group 1 win. The 5YO horse has a champion's strike rate in the best company - 23 wins, two seconds and two thirds from just 31 starts.
Lonhro has been dismissed as "just a very good horse" because of his failure to win a Cox Plate. But he was beaten less than a length in last year's Cox Plate. Lonhro is a long striding galloper. The unique features of Moonee Valley racetrack, where the Cox Plate is held, have worked against Lonhro. It is a narrow, tight turning track on an unusual racing surface - StrathAyr - with a very short home straight.
It has also been argued that Lonhro doesn't run time. His winning time on Saturday was pretty impressive. It was 1:21.97 which is only 0.77 seconds outside the track record.
Lonhro looks set in his last campaign to once again rack up a string of wins before going to stud. Only after he retires will some of his detractors, when they look back, realise what an outstanding horse Lonhro was.
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