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Darren Beadman Remembers

‘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.

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