Fast sons of Danehill tend to make good stallions and Lyndhurst Stud's Hidden Dragon is no exception, the classy sprinter who proved himself on the tough racing stage that is Hong Kong already siring over 150 winners.
Group winners Hollowlea and Hidden Warrior (an in-form winner of his last two at Rosehill) are amongst that tally as are the Listed winners Hidden Jewel and Miss Imagica who only recently claimed her second successive Listed Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba.
Also siring the talented stakes placegetters Obsidian Dragon, Saraji, Hidden Kisses, Steel Dragon and I'llbetricked, Hidden Dragon already boasts progeny earnings in excess of $8 million.
Not only are his progeny burning the tracks in Queensland and elsewhere around Australia, Hidden Dragon is also doing very nicely in Asia with winners in Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and Macau.
A $700,000 Easter yearling, Hidden Dragon was competitive in good company (on one occasion second to the mighty Silent Witness) over four seasons in Hong Kong. Winning six races from 1000m to 1400m, he enjoyed a career high-
light when taking out the Gr.3 Chinese Club Challenge Cup at Sha Tin.
A son of the mighty Danehill – a truly great sire of sires – Hidden Dragon hails from a highly successful local family, being a son of the triple Gr.1 winning mare Ballroom Babe. Also dam of the Gr.2 Furious Stakes winner Just Dancing and the Gr.2 McNeil Stakes winner Tahni Girl, Ballroom Babe is out of a half sister to the Gr.2 winner Reingard.
Another of her siblings is the dam of the dual Gr.1 winner Dandy Andy and she can also count amongst her relations the stakes winners Fence Postwal (Gr.1 Selangor Gold Cup), Balmeressa, River Chant, McGuane, Outlaws and Marquardt.
Hidden Dragon boasts over 76% starters from named foals, over 76.5% of starters are win/placed and earnings over $8 million. With over 85 winners of 125 races alone in 2012/2013, Hidden Dragon's recent winners include Like A Gee Six (2), Hide 'n' Seek (2), Mythologist, Find Me A Dragon, Jeram Rose Wood, Boom Sha La, Erebus, Slysera, Dragon Sign, Titanomagnetite, etc.
Hidden Dragon is another Lyndhurst Stud phenomenon and a real asset to the Queensland racing and breeding industry.
Having only her second start in Sydney, tough and talented mare Hidden Kisses recorded a gutsy victory in the Sportsyear Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.
The former Queenslander, now a member of the Chris Waller stable, had to dig deep after hitting the lead at the 150m - strongly challenged but able to dig deep.
A mare who has always known how to find the line, Hidden Kisses has now won seven of her 36 starts - amassing over $470,000 in stakes.
"Full credit to Robert Heathcote," Waller said after the race, "she came to me in great shape."
"And I appreciate being given the opportunity to take over the training of such a nice horse."
Proving a great investment for connections who paid just $25,000 for the daughter of Hidden Dragon at the 2009 Magic Millions, Hidden Kisses - being stakes placed - has a future as a broodmare.
A daughter of the five times winning Piccolo mare Kiss An Angel, Hidden Kisses is one of that excellent broodmare's five winners from as many foals.
A regular visitor to Hidden Dragon, Kiss An Angel is also dam of his winners Chasing Kisses and Helen's Angel - and she has also produced the two times winning Sequalo Sequalo's Revenge.
Hidden Kisses boasts a link to one of the greats of the Australian turf, hailing from the family of the champion Gloaming.
June has been a good month for Hidden Dragon who kicked off the month with a highly successful Saturday - five winners on the first day of the month.
Leading the way was the in-form Hidden Warrior, a Group 3 winner last spring who has been back in flying form the the Paul Perry stable.
Successful at Rosehill in mid-May, he was again too good at that track - recording his fourth victory from just 11 starts.
"He is going well," said Perry, noting that "it was a good effort today to chase the leader and do all the work."
"He has always shown a little something," he continued - adding that the flashy chestnut may have a spell in preparation for a spring campaign.
"He will be a better horse for it," he said, noting that Hidden Warrior is only just learning how to be a racehorse.
"He chases well and settles well which he did not do before."
Jockey Nathan Berry has always had a good opinion of Hidden Warrior - "he has always had a lot of talent," he said - "we have just been waiting for the penny to drop."
"I think riding him with a sit now and giving him something to follow helps and he is not lugging on the turn now. He is still doing a few little things wrong down the straight but it just shows that there is more improvement there."
On the same day the speedy juvenile Mythologist won his fourth in a row, proving too strong for his rivals over 1000m at Emerald. Meanwhile Hidden Duck bolted in with his maiden at the Sunshine Coast, saluting over 1100m by a soft 5 1/4 lengths and Titanomagnetite was another new Hidden Dragon winner, taking our her maiden by nearly three lengths over 900m at the Gold Coast.
Like A Gee Six was another easy winner, saluting by by 2 1/2 lengths at Warwick and since then Find Me A Dragon (game breaking her maiden at Taree at only her third outing), Erebus (2Y0 winner at Cairns), Boom Sha La, Hide N Seek and Slysera have all been local winners for Hidden Dragon whilst in Singapore Jeram Rose Wood was in recent winning form.
A prolific provincial winner, the tough and talented I’llbetricked brought his country form to town on Wednesday, the David Lawlor trained five-year-old racing away to an easy victory in the 1630m Sky Racing Handicap.
Well fancied having caught the eye when a fast-finishing second at his previous start at Eagle Farm, the son of Hidden Dragon recorded the eighth victory of his 45 start career.
Bred by Lyndhurst Stud, I’llbetricked has proven quite the bargain for connections - Sherrie Lawlor payinng just $14,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale.
A stakes placed winner of over $120,000, I’llbetricked is out of the two times winning Twig Moss mare Hallelujah, also dam of the Listed winner Domine.
This is a strong Australian family, one whose members also include the stakes winners Bordeaux, Hockney, Platelet, Muddy Water and Sun Duke.
Lyndhurst Stud takes 13 sons of Hidden Dragon to this year's QTIS Sale - always a great place to buy...
Lot 29 b.f Kiss Me All Over (Sequalo): full sister to the Victorian winner Kiss My Dragon from the family of Sequalo's tough dual stakes winner Bold Glance.
Lot 38 ch.f Lady Filante (Filante): half sister to the juvenile winner Port Raider from the strong NZ family of Group winners Dopff, Pussy Willow, Valpolicella, Rizon, Ready To Lift, Curriggee, Sir Clive and Ascending.
Lot 151 b.c Prime Jewel (Beautiful Crown): son of a city placed 1000m winning half sister to the prolific Newton's Ring - Listed winner of an amazing 22 races.
Lot 231 b.c Sportsgail (Final Card): grandson of the dual stakes winner Balm In Gilead - also grandam of the Singapore champ Why Be.
Lot 268 ch.c Toasted Gold (Breakfast Creek): out of a multiple city winner whose first three to race have all been winners including the metro winner King Corvette.
Lot 272 b.c True Cross (General Nediym): full brother to the 2Y0 winner Speed Dragon from the family of legendary stallion Century.
Lot 292 br.c Whattaroa (Nine Carat): half brother to three winners out of a Listed William Crockett Stakes winner.
Lot 355 b.f Chocolate Starfish (Integra): daughter of a Gr.2 placed city winner who has already produced the three times winner Thirty Three Large.
Lot 361 b.f Classy Eagle (Montjeu): a member of one of Australasia's finest families - that of the big race winners General Nediym, Horlicks, Brew, Military Plume, Interstellar and Monaco Consul.
Lot 378 b.f Dashing Zoe (Zariz): dam is a half sister to the city winners Alimony and Kalera King from the family of Gr.1 winners Freemason and Shaybisc.
Lot 387 b.f Donna Mia (Timber County): out of a half sister to the stakes winners Donna Dior and Yesterday from the family of Golden Slipper winning successful stallion Catbird.
Lord 409 br.f Fillinikas (Sequalo): second foal of a half sister to the stakes placed dual city winner Size Her Up from the family of durable stakes winner Top Marc.
Lot 411 b.c Flash Valentine (Canadian Silver): son of a multiple city winning half sister to the 15 times winner Celestial Beat. Member of the legendary Lyndhurst Eye Liner family.
Exciting filly Miracles Of Like is the talk of racing after her stunning 4¼ length victory in Saturday's Listed Blue Diamond Fillies Preview.
Unbeaten in three starts - successful each time by wide margins - the Daniel Clarken trained chestnut is understandably a hot favourite for next month's Group One Blue Diamond Stakes.
Miracles Of Life is the first foal produced by her unraced dam Dazzling Gazelle whose dam Snippets' Jewel has proven a very good producer - all five of her foals to race being winners including the metropolitan winner Ultramarine Blue.
A two times sprint winner closely related to the juvenile stakes winners Exclusive Halo and Miss Jugah, Snippets' Jewel is now owned in Queensland and we are happy to report that she has tested in foal to our very own Hidden Dragon.
As the trainer of exciting three-year-old Hidden Warrior (pictured) - winner of the Gr.3 C.S Hayes Stakes on W.S Cox Plate Day, respected Newcastle trainer Paul Perry is a fan of Hidden Dragon and he added another nice example of the breed to his stables at the recent Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.
Catching his eye was a lovely chestnut (the same colour as the flashy Hidden Warrior) colt out of the city winning Zabeel mare Zerelda.
Bred by Balthasar Pty Ltd and Doug Newberry and prepared by Denise McGrath out of Aurora Lodge, the handsome colt - a half brother to the Listed winner Spinnawitch - was secured by the Perry stable for $65,000.