Emerging sire O’Lonhro has produced a pair of very promising last-start winners at Cranbourne and Bendigo.
The Geoff Wheeler trained Beau Padrille overcame a tardy start to salute by a soft length in the Beraldo Coffee Maiden Plate (1300m) at Cranbourne on May 22. “He was one of the laziest, slowest things on the track,” Wheeler laughed. “But there was something about him that made me persevere.
“He is a lovely solid horse and still has plenty of growing to do. But he just doesn’t have the brains to match the body yet.”
Beau Padrille (3g O’Lonhro – Caniona by Canny Lad) was placed at Seymour before the breakthrough second-up. He’s a younger half-brother to Flemington stakes winner She Can Skate (Bradbury’s Luck).
Exciting O’Lonhro filly Lirabird is a perfect two-for-two following wins at Pakenham in April and Bendigo on May 24. She charged home second-up against some nice up-and-comers in the Yalumba Hcp (1100m).
“She’s immature but is doing a great job,” trainer Geni Gillis said. “She had a virus since her last run and was coming back a bit in distance. She had a lot of things against her and that makes me think she can go on and develop into a 2400m horse.”
Lirabird (3f O’Lonhro – Grand Manners by Grand Lodge) is a younger half-sister to the Adelaide Group performers Lala Roohk (Street Cry) and Waratone (Mossman). They have a yearling half-sister to Ilovethiscity.
Larneuk Stud will stand O’Lonhro (Lonhro) for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee in 2015.