10/06/2011 5:02PM

Darley will shuttle Lonhro, top Australian sire, to U.S.

Email

Darley will shuttle the leading Australian sire, Lonhro, to the United States for the 2012 Northern Hemisphere season. An 11-time Group 1 winner, he will stand at Darley's Jonabell Farm in Lexington, Ky., but Darley has yet to set his American fee. His most recent Australian stud fee was $88,000 Australian, about $85,000 in U.S. funds.

Lonhro became the first Australian Horse of the Year since Vain in 1970 to go on and become Australia's leading sire. A 12-year-old son of 1996 Australian Triple Crown winner Octagonal, Lonhro earned Horse of the Year honors in 2004, when he also was Australia's champion miler.
His Group 1 wins came at age 3 and up, but he also won a pair of Group 2 contests as a juvenile. He won 25 stakes, all group events, in a racing career that made him a legend of the Australian turf.

Lonhro's Group 1 winners this year were Beaded and Benfica, and he also is the sire of Group 1 victor Denman. During the 2010-2011 racing season, Lonhro sired 129 winners who earned more than $8.7 million Australian, or $8.3 million U.S.

Lonhro is out of the Straight Strike mare Shadea, a Group 1-placed and Group 3 winner who also produced Lonhro's Group 1-winning full brother Niello, who died earlier this year, and stakes-winning full sister Shannara.

Darley's bloodstock manager, John Ferguson, called Lonhro's success as a sire "meteoric" and said Lonhro "will bring to America the soundness and toughness for which Australian horses are known."