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3/11/2018 Success for Lonhro at Flemington

The massive influence Lonhro has had on Australian racing was emphasised yet again at Flemington on Saturday, 3 November when Aristia gave her sire his second win in as many races on the Victoria Racing Club’s Derby-Day card.

The best racehorse of his era, Lonhro’s reliability at stud is reflected in a winners-to-runners record of better than 70 per cent.

Aristia had the G2 Wakeful Stakes in her keeping with 300m to run when she strode up to join the leaders before pulling away to win clearly.

A maiden coming into the race, Aristia had always indicated that a middle distance would bring the best out of her, and she proved it in today’s 2000m trial for the G1 VRC Oaks.

Aristia is the third winner from three foals to race for her dam Nakaaya, a stakes-winning daughter of Tiger Hill.

Undoubted natural ability and patience have earned the Lonhro colt Ranier the most important success of his career in the G3 Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

It took Ranier six starts to discard his maiden status with a Listed win at Caulfield last month, but only one more run to establish himself as an autumn classic prospect with his latest victory.

The success also rewarded the patience of trainer James Cummings whose belief in the colt never wavered.

“I still think he’s three months away from being the complete racehorse,” Cummings said.

“But he’s really starting to put it together and he’s looking like a Guineas colt in the autumn.”

Ranier enjoyed the run of the race behind the leader before taking a run at the 300m and dashing clear.

In a hard-fought finish he held off Wild Planet, a son of Darley’s Animal Kingdom to win by a head.

Ranier, one of Lonhro’s 77 Stakes winners, is out of the Stakes-winning Commands mare Kanzan.

Lonhro stands at Kelvinside, NSW at a fee of A$55,000, including GST.