Larneuk Stud stallion O’Lonhro picked the right occasion to sire his first domestic winner on Australia Day.
His first-starter Little Capri led from the outset in the Sureway Employment Maiden (1000m) at Wagga on Monday. The gelding scored by a long-neck for Jerilderie trainer Phil Sweeney and his apprentice daughter Brooke.
Little Capri (3g O’Lonhro – Angel Of Capri by Archway) is a homebred for Larneuk owner Nev Murdoch and is the first and, so far, only foal from a daughter of Melbourne stakes performer Blue Capri (Proven Valour).
O’Lonhro had sired his first winner when Black Magic was a brilliant debut winner in Singapore on November 23. At his only other start, the Theo Kieser trainee was runner-up to Blue Swede (NZ) on January 4.
“Little Capri has always shown plenty of speed,” Murdoch said. “He has been a professional right from the start and we are looking forward to seeing him go right on from here.”
Murdoch sold Angel Of Capri a few years ago but tracked her down and bought her back recently. She will be bred back to O’Lonhro this year.
Delighted in the way in which O’Lonhro has let down as a nine-year-old, Murdoch is confident that the record-breaking son of Lonhro has the best to come with his progeny shaping well at three.
Many of the mares served by O’Lonhro last spring already have foals by him, including the dam of Black Magic and daughters of Danehill, Exceed And Excel, Danehill Dancer, Keltrice, Desert Prince, Happy Giggle, Magic Albert, Zeditave, El Moxie, Toy Pindarri and Canny Lad.
Murdoch notes that many of those returning mares are members of the Danehill line – and that is no surprise with Lonhro excelling with that legendary stallion’s descendants; the cross already producing 15 stakes winners.