Lord tastes more Northern success

Australian jockey Brad McLean and Graeme Lord's star, D'Llaro, on the way to Great Northern glory today.

Australian jockey Brad McLean and Graeme Lord’s star, D’Llaro, on the way to Great Northern glory today.

An emotional Graeme Lord joined a select club at Ellerslie following the commanding victory of D’Llaro in the Great Northern Hurdles today.

The Cambridge horseman won the event aboard Vincere in 1987 and 1988 during his riding career and after watching D’Llaro succeed he was proud as punch to add a training success in the Schweppes-sponsored feature.

“My father and my grandfather rode over fences and so did my brother Murray and I,” said Lord. “After winning it twice on Vincere this is just great.

“I’m just rapt and the bloke rode him a treat. He did exactly what I wanted him to.”

Lord was referring to the Australian Brad McLean, who let D’Llaro take up his customary role in front after the first lap.

“I’ve had faith in the horse all the way through and the hardest thing was getting a rider – nobody wanted to stick with him so I got Brad to come over,” said Lord, who races the 10-year-old with the estate of his late father Ivan, farrier Kim Hughes and another former leading jumps jockey, John McGifford.

D’Llaro revelled in his work at the head of the field and he never looked in any danger.

“Once we got to the front he got into a beautiful rhythm and jumped well,” said McLean. “I was thinking a lap out that we’ll take some catching. It was great to be part of it.”

D’Llaro took the last two flights cleanly and he held a strong gallop to win by three and a quarter lengths from the favourite Raisafuasho.

Typically, Raisafuasho got a long way back in the field and made ground solidly from the 800-metre mark while Ngatira Gold completed the trifecta for the Cambridge region

– NZ Racing Desk.