Lonhro stallion Torch Relay sired his first winner in Launceston on Wednesday.
His first-crop gelding Flame Of Hope scored a front-running victory in the Tasmania Chinese Medicine Maiden (1200m) for trainer Adam Trinder. He started flip-of-the-coin odds first-up after winning a trial earlier this month and the result was never in doubt as he free-wheeled to a three-length victory.
Flame Of Hope (4g Torch Relay – Kibbutznik by Tirol) was bred by Phil Swinton at Park Crest Stud in Westbury and keeps his dam’s perfect record intact following winners by Happy Giggle and Mr Innocent.
Torch Relay (pictured) was the first son of Lonhro to stand at stud but he sired just 30 foals in four seasons at Park Crest. Bred at Woodlands Stud, he was the last foal of top-class producer Olympic Flame who also threw Sports (G1 Lightning Stakes & G1 Oakleigh Plate), Medals (G3 Newcastle Classic) and Seika (G2 AJC Silver Shadow Stakes).
Torch Relay was sold to clients of Trinder’s father Michael shortly after Sheikh Mohammed purchased the Woodlands operation lock, stock and barrel.
The new owners changed his name to Fire Engine Guy and the colt created a big impression winning a Launceston juvenile on debut in March 2009. He beat older horses 10 days at Devonport but a breathing problem restricted his career to just six starts.