Lonhro's son the spitting image of his dad
Unraced juvenile Lonchero has the looks of his sire Lonhro and trainer Gerald Ryan is hoping he has some of the champion’s talent.
The colt will make his debut in the Natural Green Chemistry Company Hcp (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday and Ryan says keen racegoers will be surprised at how closely Lonchero resembles his father.
“He’s a very nice horse. He’s the spitting image of Lonhro,” Ryan said.
“He’s pitch-black, there’s not one bit of marking on him and he’s got sharp, pointy ears like Lonhro had.”
Lonchero is out of Irish mare Cherine whose dam Escrime is a full-sister to 1982 champion European two-year-old Diesis and Group One winner Kris.
Ryan trains Lonchero’s half-sister, city winner Grager, and has kept a keen eye on the juvenile since he was born.
“I’ve seen him from the time he was a foal. I’ve watched him grow up and I’ve always liked him,” Ryan said.
“He’s a half-brother to a horse I’ve got called Grager and it’s a good international pedigree.”
While the majority of Lonhro’s progeny tend to come into their own in their three-year-old seasons and beyond, Ryan believes Lonchero has enough raw talent to make his mark on some of the better juvenile races.
But it is the longer trips of the Sires’ Produce (1400m) and Champagne Stakes (1600m), rather than the 1200 metres of the Golden Slipper, Ryan has in his sights.
“It would be nice to think he could be a horse for races like the Sires or Champagne,” he said.
Lonchero was readied for his debut with a barrier trial at Rosehill on Tuesday and will be partnered by Tye Angland.
Ryan expects some of Lonchero’s more experienced rivals to have his colt’s measure this weekend but is still hopeful of a bold performance.
“I decided to give him an easy trial on Tuesday and go to the races on Saturday,” Ryan said.
“He’s copped everything I’ve thrown at him.
“He’ll be giving away race experience and it’s probably too short for him, he’ll be a better horse later, but it is his home track and he’s a nice horse.”
By Mandy Cottell