‘The champion is in desperate trouble’
Greg Miles could not have better summed up the feelings of a racing nation at the 200 metre mark of the 2004 G1 Australian Cup, as Lonhro’s bid for a tenth elite level win looked in desperate peril.
Champion jockey Darren Beadman remembers his three Australian Cup victories, with his win on Lonhro in 2004 not only his favourite, but also one of the most memorable in the race’s long and decorated history. #SuperSaturday pic.twitter.com/7DXvPAp2bD
— Victoria Racing Club (@FlemingtonVRC) 6 March 2019
But champions turn experts into mugs in a matter of seconds, and such was the case that memorable day at Flemington as Darren Beadman somehow got Lonhro into the clear and he charged home to claim Delzao (Encosta De Lago) in the shadows of the post.
‘Yes, Lonhro won it. What a champion and what a way to go!’ roared Miles, who was perhaps Australia’s best ever commentator in terms of finding the perfect turn of phrase at the end of a race.
That was Lonhro’s most famous success in a 35-start career which yielded 26 wins, including 11 at Group 1 level. But it is just a small part of the enormous legacy he has left, and continues to leave Australian thoroughbred racing as we mark his 21st birthday on December 10.
Read Full Article | Source: TDN Australia New Zealand | December 2019