Combines the blood of champion sires
Zabeel and Danehill

  • Standing: Aquis Farm, Canungra

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A Group I winning two-year-old by charismatic champion racehorse and sire Lonhro, Benfica defeated subsequent Group I winning sprinter Hot Snitzel to win the Group I BRC TJ Smith Stakes 1600m at Eagle Farm.

From the family of Group I winners Neroli and Riverina Charm, Darley homebred Benfica is one of only two Group I winning juveniles sired by Lonhro, the other being Golden Slipper winner Pierro.

His first crop are two-year-olds of 2015/2016 and his first winner from a small number of runners, Barbass, took out a lucrative Inglis bonus race, so the future looks bright for Benfica.

  • A Group I winning two-year-old
  • Combines the blood of champion sires Zabeel and Danehill
  • By emerging sire of sires Lonhro
  • Plenty of runners in the pipeline

Vital Stats

  • Bay 2008 16.2 1⁄2 hh
  • Lonhro x Hut (by Danehill)
  • Distances won over: 1100m | 1200m | 1600m

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BENFICA LONHRO (AUS) Octagonal  Zabeel  Sir Tristram
 Lady Giselle
  Eight Carat  Pieces of Eight
   Shadea   Straight Strike  Mr. Prospector
 Bend Not
  Concia  First Consul
 My Tricia
HUT (AUS)     Danehill   Danzig  Northern Dancer
 Pas de Nom
  Razyana  His Majesty
 Spring Adieu
   Ivy Cottage   Star Way  Star Appeal
 New Way
  Country Charm  Northfields
Be Gyrful


Hut, by Danehill. 3 wins from 1250m to 1600m, A$133,810, STC Rider Hunt H., AJC Colonial Funerals H., STC Lahood Brothers H., 2d STC Tea Rose S., Gr.2, Join The STC H., 3d AJC Light Fingers S., Gr.2, STC Reisling Slipper Trial S., Gr.2, AJC Maurizio’s Italian Restaurant 3YO H., Petersham RSL Club H., STC Saft Australia H. Half-sister to Croft (dam of BIG TREE), Dalquarren (dam of NEROLI). Dam of six foals, five to race, four winners, inc:-

BENFICA (c. by Lonhro). Subject horse.

Shelters (f. by Lonhro). 3 wins at 1100m, 1200m, ATC Gallipoli H., MRC Cove Hotel H., 2d ATC NGW Super H. Dam of-

VERANILLO (Medaglia d’Oro). 2 wins at 2, A$280,425, in 2016-17, ATC Lonhro P., L, Funland Australia 2YO H., 2d ATC Silver Slipper S., Gr.2, 3d ATC Todman S., Gr.2.

Ivy Cottage, by Star Way. 5 wins from 1200m to 1600m, AJC Mount Pleasant H., STC Promedica H., Olympic Video Gaming H., 2d STC Tooheys Classic Series H., 3d Qld Tatt’s RC Winter S., L. Half-sister to RIVERINA CHARM (dam of PAOLINO, SARWATCH). Dam of 9 named foals, 8 to race, 6 winners, inc:-

Hut (Danehill). 3 wins. See above.

Dalquarren. 4 wins from 1400m to 1600m, A$92,585, AJC Coolmore Stud H., MVRC Strathayr H., STC Berry Shoalhaven Heads Cricket Club H., 2d STC Tooheys New P. Dam of-

NEROLI (Viscount). Joint third filly on 2008-09 Australasian 4YO+ Classification. 7 wins from 1300m to 1600m, A$772,050, STC Queen of the Turf S., Gr.1, Millie Fox S., Gr.3, AJC Angst S., L, VRC Maybe Mahal S., L, AJC Sir Ivor H., STC Rosehill Gardens Event Centre H., Sofitel Gold Coast H., 2d MRC How Now S., Gr.3, AJC UBS Investment Bank H., STC Dry-It H., 4th VRC Myer Classic, Gr.1, STC Coolmore Classic, Gr.1, VRC Rose of Kingston S., Gr.2, MRC Tristarc S., Gr.2. Producer.

Madikeri. Winner at 1300m in Aust. Dam of-

Coorg (Denman). Placed at 2 in 2016-17, 2d ATC Schweppes 2YO H., 3d BRC BJ McLachlan S., Gr.3.

Croft. 2 wins at 1200m, 1300m, AJC Canley Vale H. Dam of-

BIG TREE (Snitzel). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1200m, A$209,400, to 2015-16, GCTC Ken Russell Memorial Classic, Gr.3, BRC Rhino Toolboxes H., 2d BRC Best Security H., Iona Old Boys H., Nugrow Organics H., Hamilton Hotel H., McGahan Electrical H., Madame Wu H., 3d SCTC Mick Dittman P., L.

Grand Business (All Bar One). 2 wins at 2, A$104,300, ATC Hakka Foods 2YO H., Travelmanagers 2YO P., 2d ATC Turf Club H., 3d BRC Phelan Ready S., L.

COUNTRY CHARM, by Northfields. 2 wins at 9f, Ayr Fairlie H. Three-quarter-sister to Toujours Vert (dam of VERTINGLY – SOVEREIGN CREST (MAL.)), half-sister to Phocion, Lake Louise (dam of OUR YANGTZE RIVER), Great Care (dam of GREAT VINTAGE, LA GRANGE MUSIC). Dam of 5 named foals, all winners, inc:-

RIVERINA CHARM (Sir Tristram). Top of The 1988-89 Australasian 3YO Classification (1300m – 2000m). 7 wins-1 at 2-from 900m to 2000m, NZ$98,500, A$727,100, ARC Air New Zealand S., Gr.1, STC Canterbury Guineas, Gr.1, Rosehill Guineas, Gr.1, VATC One Thousand Guineas, Gr.1, VRC Edward Manifold S., Gr.2, STC Hill S., Gr.2, 1750m-in track record time, 2d VRC Oaks, Gr.1, 3d AJC Surround S., Gr.2, Light Fingers S., Gr.3, NSW Tatt’s RC FJ Carberry H., L, 4th AJC Oaks, Gr.1, NSW Tatt’s RC Sallmanns Chelmsford S., Gr.2. Dam of-

PAOLINO (Housebuster). 5 wins to 1400m, NZ$80,950, Counties RC Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ S., Gr.2, ARC Kings of Sport Dinner H., BOP RC Stewart Browne Electrical H., 2d ARC Rotary Club of Newmarket H., 3d ARC King’s P., Gr.3, Waikato RC Gasmate S., Gr.3, ARC Lindauer H. Dam of-

MIRANDOLA (O’Reilly). Joint third top filly on the 2006-07 NZ 2YO Free H. 2 wins at 2, Avondale JC 2YO Fillies’ S., L, 2d ARC Thomsons Frozen Foods 3YO H., Pulse Engineering Services H.

SARWATCH (Jetball). NZ Bloodstock Filly of the Year 2000. 4 wins-1 at 2-from 950m to 2000m, NZ$96,100, A$19,600, ARC Royal S., Gr.2, Hawkes Bay Gold Trail S., Gr.3, ARC Soliloquy S., L, 2d Waikato RC Bloodstock Agents Federation Juvenile S., 3d ARC Championship S., Gr.2, VATC Rupert Clarke H., 4th STC Ansett Australia S., Gr.1, Waikato RC Sir Tristram Fillies Classic, Gr.2. Producer.

Race Record

Age Runs 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings
2 5 3 1 A$465,400
3 4 A$1,750
Totals: 9 3 1 A$467,150


04/Dec/2010 1st of 9 (1.5) STC Blackwoods 2YO H., A$90,000, 1100m, time 1:05.68. Track slow. Carried 56.00kg. Ice Baby was 2nd and Cyclone Stacey 3rd. Trainer: Peter Snowden. Owner: Sheikh Mohammed. Jockey: K Mc Evoy. A$62,000
26/Dec/2010 2nd of 15 (0.8) AJC Corporate Membership 2YO H., A$90,000, 1200m, time 1:09.81. Track good. Carried 58.00kg. Schiffer was 1st and Fast and Sexy 3rd. Trainer: Peter Snowden. Owner: Sheikh Mohammed. Jockey: N Rawiller. A$13,300
14/May/2011 1st of 15 (3.3) BRC Hampden S., L, A$101,100, 1200m, time 1:10.37. Track dead. Carried 56.00kg. Saramenha was 2nd and Playtime 3rd. Trainer: Peter Snowden. Owner: Sheikh Mohammed. Jockey: D J Browne. A$65,100
04/Jun/2011 6th of 12 (5.9) BRC Sires’ Produce S., Gr.2, A$252,000, 1400m, time 1:23.35. Track dead. Carried 56.00kg. Hot Snitzel was 1st and Playtime 2nd and Mahisara 3rd. Trainer: Peter Snowden. Owner: Sheikh Mohammed. Jockey: K Mc Evoy.
11/Jun/2011 1st of 11 (1.3) BRC TJ Smith S., Gr.1, A$505,000, 1600m, time 1:36.06. Track good. Carried 56.00kg. Hot Snitzel was 2nd and Playtime 3rd. Trainer: Peter Snowden. Owner: Sheikh Mohammed. Jockey: K Mc Evoy. A$325,000
26/Jan/2012 9th of 9 (6.2) MRC Zeditave S., L, A$100,500, 1200m, time 1:09.37. Track good. Carried 58.50kg. Instinction was 1st and Specter 2nd and Petman 3rd. Trainer: Peter Snowden. Owner: Sheikh Mohammed. Jockey: K Mc Evoy.
11/Feb/2012 9th of 11 (5.2) MRC Autumn S., Gr.2, A$180,750, 1400m, time 1:24.70. Track dead. Carried 58.00kg. Pied a Terre was 1st and Proliferate 2nd and Adamantium 3rd. Trainer: Peter Snowden. Owner: Sheikh Mohammed. Jockey: K Mc Evoy.
24/Mar/2012 7th of 11 (2.9) ATC (Rosehill) Phar Lap S., Gr.2, A$176,700, 1500m, time 1:32.29. Track dead. Carried 56.50kg. Colorado Claire was 1st and Rekindled Alliance 2nd and Wild and Proud 3rd. Trainer: Peter Snowden. Owner: Sheikh Mohammed. Jockey: K Mc Evoy. A$1,750
07/Apr/2012 9th of 12 (5.4) ATC (Rosehill) Tulloch S., Gr.2, A$176,700, 2000m, time 2:01.74. Track good. Carried 56.00kg. Polish Knight was 1st and Rekindled Alliance 2nd and Isopach 3rd. Trainer: Peter Snowden. Owner: Sheikh Mohammed. Jockey: K Mc Evoy.