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Former Australian Horse of the Year and reigning champion sire Lonhro will shuttle to America next year, Darley has announced.

An 11-time Group One winner and crowd favourite on the racetrack, Lonhro was crowned Australia’s champion sire for the first time last season and will shuttle to Darley’s stallion farm at Jonabell in Lexington, Kentucky for the 2012 northern hemisphere breeding season.

“Lonhro is a rare thoroughbred – a Horse of the Year on the racetrack and then a Champion sire,” Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock adviser John Ferguson said.

“He is among the most talented horses to have graced the Australian turf in living memory and will bring to America the soundness and toughness for which Australian horses are known. As a stallion, his rise has been meteoric.”

Lonhro’s Group One-winning offspring are Beaded, Benfica and Denman.

“Lonhro has totally rewarded our faith in the southern hemisphere and we believe he will be perfect for mares in the northern hemisphere and a real asset to breeders,” Ferguson said.

Lonhro’s fee is yet to be set.

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