Longhro in form

One of the hard-luck horses of the 2020 Northern Queensland Winter Racing Carnival, connections of Langhro believe the veteran gelding can make amends this week at Cannon Park.

Trained out of Townsville by team Holt – Georgie and Aidan – the nine-year-old son of Lonhro finished second to two of the best bush Queensland horses in recent years in feature races last season – The Harrovian and Deadly Choices.

It was the now-retired Deadly Choices that finished ahead of Langhro in the Cleveland Bay at Cluden Park this time last year while the now Group 1-placed The Harrovian held him out in the Cairns Newmarket in FNQ.

Owned by Ross Donovan, Georgie Holt and Peter Malpass, Langhro was fair in the 2021 edition of the Cleveland Bay earlier this month and connections are hopeful he will be at his peak for the $75,000 Cairns Newmarket this Saturday.

For all his promising efforts since moving to North Queensland, Langhro has only won twice in the last 12 months, with one of those being at Cannon Park in Cairns.

The winner of eight career races from 31 starts is regularly slugged with big weights in NQ but always puts in a decent effort carrying them.

“He handles the Cairns track all right and we go into the race with a bit of confidence,” Donovan said.

“We think he will go well.

“He ran fourth in the Cleveland Bay last Saturday after running second in the race the year before – and he has won in Cairns as well.

“We are a real chance this Saturday.”

A relatively cheap purchase, connections got their money back for Langhro after his two second-placed efforts in feature races in 2020, after previously racing in Brisbane with trainer Steven O’Dea.

Donovan has long also had horses with the O’Dea stable and is personal friends with trainer Steven’s parents.

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