D’Llaro tries hard in sad week for Lord

Graeme Lord headed to Taranaki last weekend with D’Llaro hoping for a ray of sunshine after a sad week, one in which he lost a “mate.”

The Cambridge horseman saddled up D’Llaro for the Events Taranaki 2000 and the seven-year-old produced a game effort in a bid to make it an all-the-way win but had to settle for third to Loves The Show.

Earlier in the week D’Llaro’s older half-brother Nufsed was found dead in his paddock on Lord’s property.

“He’d had a heart attack overnight,” said Lord. “He was my mate. I bred him and raced him and had a lot of fun.

“He had eight wins and $97,000 in stakes and I learned from my mistakes training him. He was always a special horse to me.”

Nufsed was the first horse Lord bred from Random Quest and he raced him in partnership with his late father, Ivan, and a long-time friend, local farrier Kim Hughes. His eight wins consisted of six on the flat and two over hurdles and he was four times placed as a steeplechase.

“Everyone that knows Lordy, knows what Nufsed meant to him,” said Hughes. “It was like losing a mate when he died.”

It was already a tough week for Lord as last Saturday marked the 17th anniversary of the death of his wife, Wendy.

D’Llaro is seven years younger than Nufsed and proved a good moneyspinner for Lord and Hughes, who race him in partnership with the Estate of Ivan Lord and former jumps jockey and past Hawke’s Bay Racing CEO John McGifford.

D’Llaro has won six races and is on the verge of further success this winter.