What a day for Hidden Dragon!
Two states, three tracks, four winners… another successful Saturday for Lyndhurst’s regally bred son of Danehill.
A particularly well deserved win was that recorded by pacy mare Obsidian Dragon who showed her customary speed to burn off her rivals in a 1000m handicap at Morphettville.
Leading clearly early, the David Balfour trained four-year-old was steadied mid-race by Scott Westover who then eased her away from the rails in the straight before letting her go.
Quickly putting ground on her rivals, Obsidian Dragon won by a soft three lengths – recording the sixth win of her 19 start career and taking her prize money tally to beyond $260,000.
Bred by Fraternity Thoroughbreds and sold at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for $23,000, Obsidian Dragon is raced by Jason Carvill, Jeff Collins and Robyn Balfour.
Collins was, as always, proud of Obsidian Dragon’s effort – “she has never disappointed us,” he said, pointing out that the only recent blemish on her consistent record was an unplaced run at Balaklava after which she was found to have a virus.
“We were very confident she’d win,” he said, adding that “there were excuses for her two previous defeats.”
Collins is looking forward to Obsidian Dragon’s next runs at Morphettville (1000m) on November 26 and at Moonee Valley (955m) on December 16 – providing she continues to thrive.
“David Balfour doesn’t overtax her,” he said, “and as soon as she indicates that she’s had enough this campaign she’ll be tipped out with the hope of getting that elusive black type win next time in.”
A mare who always shows great fight in her races, Obsidian Dragon is aptly titled said Collins who referred to the Wikipedia description of the fictional animals after which she is named…
“Obsidian dragons, while the most intelligent of the gem dragons, are also the most vicious. They are extremely haughty, anger easily, and like to toy with prey before finishing it off. “
Obsidian Dragon is one of four winners from as many foals to race for the city winning Monde Bleu mare Aradina. A regular visitor to Hidden Dragon, she is also dam of the Listed winner Danedina and the metropolitan winners Johadina and Fasadina.
Meanwhile at the Gold Coast the Len Bryant trained four-year-old Forbidden Dragon recorded an impressive victory over 1200m, proving nearly two lengths too strong for her rivals. That was her second success from just eight starts.
Hidden Dragon’s quartet of winners was made up by a double at the Innisfail meeting – three-year-old Dragon Keeper breaking his maiden over 1100m whilst consistent four-year-old Hidden Run won his second race from his last three starts when taking out the Class 3 Plate.
Hidden Dragon’s great day followed hot on the heels of a double last Thursday, Hidden Rewards (winner of her last two) and Feuer Drache (Lyndhurst bred gelding who has won three of his last four) both successful at the Rockhampton meeting.