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A Brilliant winner for Hidden Dragon

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A first for Hidden Dragon at Ipswich last Friday, his promising son Brilliant Dragon breaking his maiden in easy fashion and in doing so becoming his sire's first winner beyond 2000m.

A member of the strong Robert Heathcote stable, the four-year-old has always displayed good ability and he really came into his own stepping up from 1500m to 2180m - proving nearly five lengths too strong for his rivals.

Settling behind the leaders on the rails, the bay crept up three wide to hit the lead at the turn and simply raced away - the win of a horse going places.

Hidden Dragon's 98th individual winner, Brilliant Dragon was bred by Canning Downs, Warwick and sold at the Magic Millions for $42,500. He is out of the Semipalatinsk mare Lady Brilliant whose six to race have all been winners. Her dam is the Listed Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Refulgence, half sister to the stakes winners Dalglow and Grand Thrill.

Meanwhile at Sunshine Coast on Sunday Sequalo was represented by a very tough winner the seven-year-old King Eagle, his sire's first $100,000 yearling when sold by Windemere Stud at the 2007 Magic Millions - treating his rivals to a 3 1/2 length galloping lesson in the 1000m maiden.

Not many owners have the patience to wait for their horse to turn seven to break their maiden but King Eagle's connections including John Lauder have always shown faith in their talented but unfortunately unsound galloper.

Showing ability when second at his first start at Ipswich back in the spring of 2010, King Eagle was sent out favourite at his next outing only to break down with tendon troubles.

Several come-back attempts were made but none were successful until King Eagle made his way to the Gympie stables of Barry Gill - he and his wife Desiree, King Eagle's track rider ("she won't let anyone else on him!") taking such good care of him that in five starts since the start of July he has not missed a placing.

"He has run into a couple of good ones and a couple of wet tracks," Barry said.

A horse who has always thought of himself as "a pony," Gill says King Eagle is only just starting to develop the attitude of a racehorse.

Deserving of the win, the stable put plenty of work into King Eagle who works in rubber tapes, swims three or four times a week and has gel pads applied after every gallop.

"Everytime we take his bandages off we look to see if the tendon has gone again," Gill said, adding that even King Eagle's so-called "good" tendon does not look good.

Describing King Eagle - a son of the Gr.2 Light Fingers Stakes winner Gem Of The West - as "a magnificent animal," Gill is obviously very fond of the good-looking dark brown near black gelding and he noted that jockey Michael Cahill also has a good opinion - after his easy win joking "well that was a nice trial!"

Pulling up well, King Eagle will head to the Sunshine Coast for another 1000m contest in three week's time and everyone at Lyndhurst wishes his connections the very best of luck.

*** STOP PRESS: exciting young stallion DRUMBEATS is celebrating the arrival of his first foal - a bay colt out of the lightly raced Montjeu mare Classy Eagle from the wonderful Gr.1 family of Military Plume, General Nediym, Monaco Consul, Interstellar, Zip Zip Aray, Sealegs, Niconero and Nicconi. Stay tuned for photos!

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