Although the racing year is less than six weeks old and his eldest are only three, Hidden Dragon, the young Danehill sire at the Kruger’s Lyndhurst stud at Warwick in Queensland, has had winners in three States, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria.
Hollowlea wins at Flemington on Saturday.
The Victorian success came at Flemington on Saturday and was provided by a dashing 1.8 lengths win by his 3-year old son Hollowlea in a $125,000 Listed event over 1400m. It was his third success in six starts – lost rider in one of them – and second at three.
Also a winner by 3.3 lengths at Hamilton,Victoria on debut, Hollowlea was one of eleven winners of 20 races, six others placed and earners of $930,955 in 2009-10 who paved the way for two distinctions for Hidden Dragon at the Queensland Awards Night on Saturday, Champion 2YO Stallion and Champion First Season Sire.
In addition he was nationally fourth leading first season sire and tenth on the main juvenile list.
Besides Hollowlea, the Hidden Dragon runners have included another Adelaide winner, Obsidian Dragon (won at two and three; a Listed third), and other juveniles in Hidden Kisses (two wins Brisbane), Huff and Puff (Brisbane), Steel Dragon (five wins, $301,000), metropolitan placed Dragon Rocker, Hidden Babe, I’ll BeTricked and Pinacle Ridge, Provincial winners Hidden Diamond, Manhide, Miss Imagica, Miss Noriko, Mystic Dragon and Norbert and placed Dragons Bletch, Hidden Decision and Hidden Rewards.
His 3-year-olds also include Hidden Shuffle (four starts, won Gold Coast, neck second Ipswich, fourth Eagle Farm) and Dragon Size (two starts, third Gold Coast).
Hidden Dragon’s first stakes winner, but no doubt forerunner of many to come, Hollowlea, and his Made of Gold half-sister Dance Girl Dance (seven wins, $256,000) were bred by Mark Hough, formerly of Dubbo, NSW but now of Queensland.
Celebrated as the breeder of 1983-84 Australian Horse of the Year Emancipation, Hough also bred Hollowlea’s dam, the Scenic minor Sydney winner Cabaret Girl, and her good sprinting brother Panorama Heights.
A winner of six races and Group 1 second in Hong Kong, Hidden Dragon could have over 150 foals this season, following his use over 173 mares last year.
His smallest book in his first four seasons has been 128 in 2007, a year in which mare movements were restricted because of equine influenza. He stands 2010 on $13,200 including GST.
Pictures: Fiona Tomlin