Oh What a Run!

What an amazing run it has been for Larneuk Stud's young stallion O'Lonhro, the record-breaking son of the great Lonhro represented by an extra smart double last Friday.

Debutant King Of The Ark created a big impression at Geelong, the Vincent Malady trained four-year-old green but strong to the line in a 1000m maiden.


Looming up at the turn, the still immature gelding responded immediately to Damian Lane's urgings - getting to the lead at the 200m and racing away to salute by a soft 3 1/4 lengths.

In his wake he left the odds-on favourite Lionhearted, that Gr.2 placed Fastnet Rock - Scandinavia colt just no match for this exciting prospect.

"He looks promising," Vincent Malady said, adding that he has only had the bay in his care for six weeks.

"He won a jump-out but the form in this race was a different thing altogether," he said.

Damian Lane was also happy - "obviously he has got good ability and he is only going to improve, all the signs are good."

A home-bred for Howard Simpson, King Of The Ark is a son of the two times winning Danetrice mare Samurtriark.

Later in the day another talented O'Lonhro four-year-old was in winning form at Canberra, Vella Lonchick storming home from the rear in a 1200m benchmark contest.

Despite covering ground, the lightly raced four-year-old was dominant in the run home, her two length victory such a strong one that trainer George Vella and jockey Jay Ford agree that she is ready for a crack at stronger company.

Sydney bound, Vella Lonchick is a mare who has always shown plenty of ability, charging home to easily win a two-year-old contest at Canberra in June last year.

The future looked bright for the striking black mare but unfortunately for connections she was injured, fracturing her wither and requiring a long process of recuperation.

But, after running into bad luck at her first few runs back from her lengthy spell, Vella Lonchick was back to her best last week... watch out for her in town soon!

The previous week saw O'Lonhro represented by another exciting debutant, the four-year-old O'Lonh Star saluting as a short priced favourite at Devenport.

Showing plenty of pace, the John Keys trained gelding found plenty in the run home, his 3/4 length victory a soft one.

Previously winning an 800m trial by five lengths, O'Lonh Star has, said Keys "always shown ability."

As has The Big Oh, Larneuk Stud's Neville Murdoch's home-bred who looked the goods breaking his maiden at Cowra.

Saving the special name for just the right horse, Murdoch loved The Big Oh from when he was foaled and is confident that the imposing bay has plenty more to offer.
"He is still maturing but there is plenty of talent there," he said.

Also great on pace at Sale was Big Phil who won his maiden over 1200m at just his third outing, trainer Greg Eurell enjoying the win more than most as he also bred the promising bay.

Aside from O'Lonhro's hot run on the track he also had a son in the news with O'Lonera - the winner of three in a row at Caulfield - taking out the prestigious title of VOBIS Horse Of The Year.

Larneuk stands O'Lonhro alongside Ilovethiscity who has made a most encouraging start with his first crop and Cluster who proved popular with breeders - his first foals already impressing.

For further information contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.



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