Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch has been delighted with the recent run of good form by his young stallion O’Lonhro.
And he was especially happy with the runaway victory recorded by promising galloper Big Reel at Warrnambool on Tuesday. The Mervyn McKenzie trained three year-old started a hot odds-on favourite and won accordingly in an all-age sprint.
Big Reel (3g O’Lonhro – Little Thread by Inflate) jumped to the front and, after having his rivals off the bit a fair way out, was able to kick at the turn to score by four lengths over 1000 metres. “It was a tough win,” jockey Jason Benbow said. “He will be winning more races on that performance.”
Bred by Dr Angus McKinnon, Big Reel is a half-brother to prolific winner King Cotton and their dam also has an O’Lonhro yearling colt described by Murdoch as an absolute cracker.
McKenzie plans to give Big Reel a break, confident that his charge will be all the better at four. “He’s been in work for six months but just keeps pulling up well and putting his head in the feed bin. He’s as tough as nails and is showing more than King Cotton at the same stage.
“I’ve got another two by O’Lonhro and they all have great temperaments. They do everything right and have definitely got a motor.”
O’Lonhro (Lonhro) started racing as a summer three-year-old and reached a career-high the following season with a G2 Chelmsford Stakes victory in record time. “I’m looking forward to the natural progression of his first-crop in the next few months,” Murdoch said. “I always said they would take just a little bit of time – they are horses that mature into lovely three-year-olds.”
O’Lonhro stands for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee at Larneuk Stud.