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
Trainer Don Baertschiger looks to have a handy galloper in the shape of Moonlite Shower, a debut winner of the $65,000 Restricted Maiden (2 & 3YO) over 1200m on Sunday.
Ridden by Oscar Chavez, Moonlite Shower led throughout in scoring a two length victory over Biggest Chief (Saimee Jumaat) with Hush Hush (Robbie Fradd), a stablemate of the winner, a half-length away third.
Baertschiger parted with A$110,000 to secure Moonlite Shower at the Two-Year-Old Ready To Run Sale on the Gold Coast last year.
The gelding is a half-brother to a former handy middle distance performer Don’t Tell Clang who won the Adrian Knox Stakes at Randwick in 2001.
“I was in Sydney for the Easter Sales one year and happened to back this horse’s half-sister who won a Group 3 race at Randwick,” said Baertschiger.
“That stuck in my mind and when this horses was up for sale I liked what I saw.
“He’s gone about his business nicely since he’s been here and his trials had been good leading up to this race.
“He’s only a little fella but he’s done a good job.”
Baertschiger said Moonlite Shower’s size, or rather lack of it, is likely to count against the three-year-old in the long run.
Moonlite Shower weighed-in at just 431kg for his debut performance.
“The thing with this bloke is that he can gallop,” said Baertschiger. “We’ll just wait and see what happens with him.
“I just hope he keeps improving and at some stage we can get a bit a weight on him.”
Moonlite Shower is a three-year-old gelding by Hidden Dragon from the Black Zephyr mare Donnatelle and is owned by the Spirit Nature Stable.
By Craig Brennan
A filly by red hot Queensland sire Hidden Dragon was the standout performer during today's second session of Gold Coast breeze ups in preparation for next month's Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale.
The chestnut filly consigned by Hilton Thoroughbreds stopped the clock in 10.11 seconds - the fastest time ever at the Gold Coast based breeze ups.
The previous quickest time at a session was the 10.15 seconds set by Macau star Viva Pronto when he was offered at the 2007 auction.
Dozens more ready made racetrack prospects broke the 11 seconds - bringing to a total 105 for the two sessions - almost 50 more than for the same sale last year.
And there are still over 100 more horses to breeze up with the two sessions at Seymour and Rockhampton later in the week.
Also running slick times during today's breeze ups were two-year-olds by Exceed and Excel (10.29), More Than Ready (10.35), Nadeem (10.36) and Grandera (10.4).
The team from Magic Millions was thrilled with the professionalism and preparation from vendors - presenting the best ever line up of prospects.
Further breeze up sessions will be held at Seymour and Rockhampton on Thursday and Friday respectively. Both sessions commence at 10am.
The two day National Horses in Training Sale will be held at the Gold Coast on October 27 and 28.
To view the updated list of breeze up times from the Gold Coast click here.
TODAY'S QUICKEST BREEZE UPS
10.11 - Hidden Dragon-Flirt Then Kiss filly (Hilton T'breds As Agent)
10.29 - Exceed and Excel-Adorara colt (Epsom Lodge)
10.35 - More Than Ready-Double Strength filly (Baramul Stud)
10.36 - Nadeem-Little Pretty filly (Starlight T'breds)
10.40 - Grandera-Bareazz colt (Thomson)
10.44 - Hold That Tiger-Fleeting Love colt (Sapling)
10.46 - Danerich-Moving colt (Kolora Lodge As Agent)
10.61 - Enconsul-Ma Bijou colt (Grandview)
10.69 - Elusive Quality-Shopping Spree colt (Jackson B'stock)
10.69 - Snippetson-Miss Quest filly (Oakwood Farm As Agent)
GOLD COAST QUICKEST BREEZE UPS
(Sessions 1-2 combined)
10.11 - Hidden Dragon-Flirt Then Kiss filly (Hilton T'breds As Agent)
10.16 - Testa Rossa-Decipher colt (Washpool Lodge As Agent)
10.20 - Exceed and Excel-Capishe colt (Attunga Stud As Agent)
10.24 - Mossman-Secret Sister filly (Baramul Stud)
10.24 - Written Tycoon-Chapent colt (Washpool Lodge)
10.29 - Exceed and Excel-Adorara colt (Epsom Lodge)
10.31 - Minardi-Our Mary colt (Kolora Lodge As Agent)
10.31 - California Dane-Stop 'n' Go colt (Attunga Stud As Agent)
10.33 - Grandera-Give Me Fever colt (Washpool Lodge As Agent)
10.35 - Excites-I'm a Showoff colt (Washpool Lodge As Agent)
10.35 - More Than Ready-Double Strength filly (Baramul Stud)
10.36 - Nadeem-Little Pretty filly (Starlight T'breds)
10.37 - Show a Heart-Vital Statistic colt (Robyn Wise As Agent)
10.39 - Seidnazar-One Wink colt (Kingsportz Pty Ltd)
10.39 - Greenwood Lake-Charming Lady colt (Washpool Lodge)
10.40 - Grandera-Bareazz colt (Thomson)
Hollowlea raced into contention for the million dollar Group One Caulfield Guineas with a brilliant win in tonight's Group Two Bill Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley.
The classy son of Hidden Dragon made it two stakes wins in three runs when he came darting through on the inside of runners to win in dashing style.
Co-trainer Terry O'Sullivan praised Blake Shinn for an excellent ride and said the proven group winner earned his place in the field in the Guineas.
O'Sullivan, who prepares the gelding in partnership with his daughter Karina, was backing Hollowlea up after his close up sixth in last Saturday's Caulfield Guineas Prelude.
"He ran really well at Caulfield the other day," O'Sullivan reported. "It was a very, very firm track at Caulfield and I don't think that helped him let down as well as he could."
Hollowlea"He still only finished two lengths away and I think the quick back up helped him."
"He was a little bit revvy early on, but he's settling better with each start he has. He's getting calmer and he's better at the races."
"I thought it was a sensational ride of Blakes tonight. Once again you can't help but reiterate how great that good barrier draw is."
"It makes a massive difference. He got that lovely run and he never left the fence. I thought it was a bit tight when they first straightened up, but he found the hole and charged through."
The Caulfield Guineas in 15 days time will almost certainly be Hollowlea's next start.
Hollowlea"We'll sit down and have a think about it," O'Sullivan said. "It's obviously going to be a tougher race than tonight's was but he couldn't have done anything more than he did tonight."
"We'll be giving it a hell of a lot of thought."
O'Sullivan said he didn't think his latest stable star would handle the distance of the VRC Derby.
"I think if we get through to the Guineas, I think that will be his program well done and he can have a nice spell after that."
Hollowlea is another bargain stakes winner purchased by as a yearling from a Magic Millions Yearling Sale by Kingsley Peach.
He and his wife Evelyn paid $36,000 for Hollowlea at last year's Gold Coast Yearling Sale. They race the classy galloper with Terry and Robyn O'Sullivan.
"He is (a bargain buy) now isn't he," O'Sullivan noted. "You never know when you buy them."
"Kingsley found him at the sales. We had a look at a few horses as we always do and we liked the horse."
Terry O'Sullivan"Kingsley slipped in and grabbed him and bloody pleased he did," he added.
Hollowlea is the second stakes galloper produced by his dam, the Sydney winning Scenic mare Cabaret Girl.
As well as tonight's group winner she is the dam of the twice Brisbane stakes placed and seven time winning Made of Gold mare Dance Girl Dance.
Cabaret Girl, who won three races to 1400 metres, is a full sister to the Caulfield stakes winner Panorama Heights.
Hollowlea's sire Hidden Dragon is represented by five two-year-olds at October's Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale.
The cream of his latest yearling crop will also go under the hammer at the famous Gold Coast sales ring at sales between January and June.
Taking the lead from the get-go, Tiger Warrior ($32) had things his way until Sir Fleetwood (Saimee Jumaat) made a mid-race move on the outside in an attempt to wrest the lead.
Boss did not give in, though, and the pair matched motors up to the top of the straight when Tiger Warrior shook off his challenger with relative ease. Sir Fleetwood weakened right out of it while the well-backed West Two (John Powell) seemed unable to quicken in the driving rain.
Tiger Warrior, a three-year-old son of former handy Hong Kong galloper Hidden Dragon, kept racing away without tiring to score by 1 ½ lengths from Princess Eunice who gave new apprentice T Rehaizat his first placing at only his second ride.
American Tycoon (Soo Khoon Beng) made late ground to run third another neck away. The winning time was 1min 12.66secs.
Burridge was glad Boss, whom he has engaged many times in previous similar big-race bookings, had been able to ride a winner, but also relieved to get a winner following a quiet spell.
“Things have been a bit quiet for us for a while,” said Burridge, who is however all but assured of a first title as he is panels ahead on 85 winners, 25 clear of reigning champion Laurie Laxon.
“I should have won the big race (EW Barker Trophy) last week. Drovetti got held up for about 300m in the home straight and still flashed home for third, less than a length behind the winner (Any Humour).
“I was quietly confident about this one (Tiger Warrior). He trialled well with the blinkers but it is always hard to know how they will come on in their races.
“It’s great for Glen as he’s come a long way to ride for us. The owners have been very supportive and didn’t hesitate to put him on some of their horses.
“This owner (of Tiger Warrior), Mr KL Chua, also owns Happy Everybody, and has always been very supportive of our stable. It’s nice to get a winner for him.”
Burridge’s son, Magic Millions’ Asian representative Wade was again the one who got the credit for unearthing this one.
“Wade found this one at the Ready-To-Run. He cost only $8000 as a two-year-old and it goes to show you don’t need to pay a lot to get a good one,” said Burridge.
Boss said Tiger Warrior was always travelling like a winner despite the pesky presence of Sir Fleetwood on his outside.
“I was never worried when the other horse came up on my outside,” said Boss.
“He just kicked away in the home straight. He will be even better over seven furlongs to a mile.”
Burridge later rang up a winning double when Hint (Danny Beasley) scored an easy two-length win in the $55,000 Class 4 Charity Stakes over 2200m.
The Arexevan Stable-owned galloper has been around the mark in the staying races without really threatening since his last success in a 1800m race on September 26, but put the race away in nice style after settling at the rear.
Hint paid a win dividend of $32 and ran the 2200m in 2min 17.79secs. The Reset five-year-old has now registered three wins and one placing from 18 starts for stakes money in excess of $110,000.
Story by Michael Lee
FORBIDDEN DRAGON, the 4-year-old filly who became the forty-sixth individual first crop winner for the Lyndhurst stud, Warwick located Danehill sire Hidden Dragon when a smart winner at Eagle Farm mid week, has unusual breeding in that it has two New Zealand bred horses and two Australians in it all used in America.
Three of the doses are in the maternal breeding of Hidden Dragon, himself an Australian bred exported race performer up to Group1 level, competing 22 times in Hong Kong for six wins and six seconds. His dam Ballroom Babe, a New Zealand champion, is bred on a cross of two of their imports from America, the Bold Ruler sire Taipan over the Clem mare Miamian.
Taipan was one of seven winners produced in America by the Australian bred Ritmar, a VRC Lightning Stakes winner by Star Kingdom, while Clem, conquerer of Round Table in three successive races, was by one of Australia’s greatest racehorses, Shannon. Shannon set a new world record and equalled another racing in California before having a short career at stud. He died at 14.
The third export in Hidden Dragon’s pedigree is his fourth dam, the New Zealand bred Summertime mare Holiday. She went to America as a breeder after a first class racing career in Melbourne, including a win in the A.V. Kewney Stakes, seconds in the Victoria Oaks and Wakeful Stakes and thirds in the Thousand Guineas and Edward Manifold Stakes.
The Hidden Dragon winner Forbidden Dragon gets his fourth export in his dam Khun Achara, a minor New Zealand metropolitan winner bred by Patrick Hogan at his Cambridge stud and from possibly his greatest family.
She is a three-quarter sister by the Century sire Centro to Foxwood, a New Zealand Guineas and Captain Cook Stakes winner and dam of Rockwood (Rock of Gibraltar; won AJC Frank Packer Plate and second MRC Toorak Handicap), and half-sister to Celtic Tiger (Jetball; a Malaysian champion).
Their dam is the good class Sir Tristram filly Delia’s Choice, a sister to three Group1 winners, the male champions Sovereign Red and Gurner’s Lane and the filly Trichelle.
Unlike the exported trio in Hidden Dragon’s pedigree, Forbidden’s Dragon’s dam Khun Achara has the distinction of being used at stud in both hemispheres. Now owned by Gainsborough Lodge,Toowoombah and producer of four foals by Hidden Dragon, including a filly born August 21, she started her breeding career in America, resulting in two minor winners.
Her second Australian foal, the Len Bryant trained Forbidden Dragon looks set to be Khun Achara’s best to date. She has raced five times for the Eagle Farm win and two placings at Ipswich.
Forbidden Dragon’s latest effort followed good performances by first crop Hidden Dragon runners in August. The gelded Hidden Star scored by three lengths at Ipswich, the filly Obsidian Dragon added to her good Adelaide record with a dashing 3.2 lengths over 1000m at Morphettville and the tough gelding Steel Dragon finished a 1.7 lengths fourth at Doomben.
Obsidian Dragon (five Adelaide wins, one by 5.1 lengths and another by 3.5 lengths, five stakes cheques) and Steel Dragon (after winning his first four appearances, all at Townsville, moved south for a win, four seconds and a stakes third in Brisbane) are among four first three black type earners in the first crop. The other two are Hollowlea (four city wins including the Group 2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley by 1.5 lengths and Listed Henry Bucks Stakes at Flemington by 1.75 lengths) and Hidden Kisses (three Brisbane wins, long neck second 18 runner Listed Princess Stakes at Eagle Farm).
Also in Hidden Dragon’s first crop, one which to date includes 17 other placegetters besides the 46 winners, are Toowoomba star Miss Imagica (raced 17 times for six a wins, five at home, one by an amazing 8.8 lengths and the $100,000 Fillies & Mares Xmas Cup by two), Penski Material (two wins, one at Moonee Valley, three close Melbourne seconds in nine starts), Annette’s Pumpkin (nine starts, three wins, including debut at Doomben), Huff and Puff (winner Eagle Farm, Sunshine Coast), Hidden Babe (first and second Brisbane) and Feuer Drache (won Eagle Farm by 1.5 lengths).
In addition Hidden Dragon has had five first crop runners in Singapore and all have won. One of them, Moonlite Shower, has started nine times for five wins, a second and two thirds.
Hidden Dragon got off to such a bold start with his first 2-year-olds,11 winners, in 2009-10 he was Queensland’s leading juvenile and first crop sire on earnings and tenth in the national statistics for the age group. He followed by being sixth by money and third by wins in the Australian 2010-11 two crop statistics.
Given good health and the ability of his progeny to train on, Hidden Dragon is virtually certain in the future to join the honour board for Lyndhurst sires who have wracked up a thousand plus wins. Five sires used at Lyndhurst since it was acquired by the Kruger family in the 1950s, Smokey Eyes, Hail to Success, Grand Chaudiere, Head Over Heels and Celestial Dancer, have led Australia numerically and other prolific sources of winners have included Canadian Silver and still active Sequalo.
Besides Hidden Dragon and Sequalo, Lyndhurst is standing this year newcomer Drumbeats, a high class sprinter – 1600m performer bred on the powerful Redoute’s Choice – Last Tycoon crop. Like Hidden Dragon (176 mares 2009 – 92.8% fertility and 196 in 2010), Drumbeats is facing up to widespread patronage on his fee of $7,700.
It has been a great couple of weeks for Hidden Dragon with two recent impressive metropolitan winners.
First up on Melbourne Cup Day was Hidden Jewel, a highly promising filly who, on the strength of an eye-catching debut third at the Gold Coast two weeks previously, was sent out favourite in an Eagle Farm maiden over 1300m.
Settling second from a wide gate, the Matthew Dunn trained chestnut extended nicely over the final stages, putting two lengths on her rivals and winning in a style that suggests a bright future looms.
Bred and raced by David & Linda Thompson, Hidden Jewel is out of the unraced Jan Murray mare Maximum Chance who has been a regular visitor to Lyndhurst stallions. A half sister to the stakes placed multiple city winner Bridled Chance, she hails from a good international family whose members include the stakes winners Two’s Company, Aldora, Polar Gem and Bid For Blue.
Check out photos of Hidden Jewel at: http://racepix.com.au/race/race/284764/Hidden+jewel+-+Eagle+Farm+-+Nov++1,+2011
November 5 saw the exciting three-year-old Saraji win her second in a row, stepping up from a three length Sunshine Coast victory and handling the rise in grade with aplomb.
Putting on display her great natural speed, the Barry Baldwin trained filly was always travelling well in front for apprentice Prescilla Schmidt and was never in any danger of defeat – saluting by a soft 3½ lengths.
Former airline stewardess Schmidt, who was enjoying her first city double, was not surprised at the strength of Saraji’s pedigree – “she won well at Caloundra and her work since has been very good,” she said.
Successful at four of her eight starts to date, Saraji is named after a central Queensland coalmine – owner Jack O’Connor a retired businessman who worked in mining – “I name all my horses that way,” he said.
A $28,000 Scone Yearling Sale graduate, Saraji was bred by Classic Park Bloodstock out of the winning Al Hareb mare Bethany. Also dam of the city winners Mr Barlow and Mashudu, she is a half sister to the Gr.2 winner Dynamic Love and the Listed winner Key Bar Nights.
November has been a great month already for Hidden Dragon whose other winners have been Ballard Boy, Danzig Rocket (Singapore) and Dragon Size (Gold Coast).
This success follows on the back of a busy October for the Hidden Dragon progeny – wins for Hidden Shuffle (two in a row at the Gold Coast and Eagle Farm), Hide ‘N’ Seek (Gold Coast), Boom Sha La (1.8 length debut winner at Townsville), Ballard Boy, Hidden Run, Feuer Drache and Hidden Rewards – as well as a debut Listed second for juvenile Hidden Warrior in the Breeders Plate at Randwick.
The well-supported Danzig Rocket did not let his backers down by scoring an easy win in the $55,000 Class 4 race over 1000m on Polytrack on Friday.
Tracking up pacesetter What A Cat (Steven Li) from the break, the Dr Yeoh Kheng Chye-trained Danzig Rocket (Vlad Duric) quickly put the issue beyond doubt at the top of the straight as he poured forward before pulling away for a fluent 3 ¼-length win over Good Boss (Olivier Placais) with Biggest Secret (Shafiq Rusof) third another two lengths away. The winning time was 59.62 seconds.
Danzig Rocket ($13) was at his second win from 13 starts having scored his maiden win for leading apprentice Shafiq Rusof in an Initiation race over a similar trip last April.
Danzig Rocket (Vlad Duric) wins in Singapore
Dr Yeoh said the Hidden Dragon four-year-old had been thereabouts of late and deserved the success.
“He’s been pretty consistent and with the good barrier (4) tonight, I was expecting him to win,” said Dr Yeoh.
“Things went according to plan. He had a good sit off the speed and when he straightened up, he just accelerated beautifully.
“He’s a Polytrack specialist and 1000m and 1100m are his pet trips, but eventually, he may go over 1200m.”
Duric concurred with the former veterinarian, saying that Danzig Rocket was right in his element on Friday night.
“Class 4 is just about right for him. With a light weight and a good barrier, he was a big chance tonight,” said the Australian jockey.
“He is honest but has always found a couple better before, but as he was well weighted tonight, it was his turn.
“He was well ridden to win as well.”
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.
Racing results in November have seen Hidden Dragon, a Danehill winner of six races in Hong Kong whose oldest are four, stamp himself as another budding prolific sire of winners at the Kruger’s Lyndhurst stud at Warwick in Queensland, one which in the past has had five lead Australian statistics numerically.
Racing on November 19 was a good advertisement for the contribution Hidden Dragon is making.To start with he gave treble a shake at the Doomben meeting, supplying the winners Hidden Kisses (4yo, two lengths winner at class 6 level) and Saraji (3yo, too good for 14 opponents in a feature sprint for the age group, her fifth win in eight outings) and third placegetter Miss Imagica (4yo, previously won six of 17 starts).
Hidden Dragon had two doubles on that Saturday, the other at Cairns in North Queensland and provided by two new winners, Speed Dragon (2yo) and Hidden Manner (3yo). Both trained on the home track by Fred Wieland, they are bargain buys out of the Lyndhurst drafts at the Magic Millions QTIS 600 yearling sales at the Gold Coast, Speed Dragon costing $16,000 and Hidden Manner only $7,500.
Winner at Cairns by an amazing 10.3 lengths, one of the most awesome victories by a juvenile in recent years, Speed Dragon was one of two spectacular new juvenile winners on that Saturday by Hidden Dragon. Making his debut, the other is the Tony Sears trained gelding Bullet One and he lived up to his name when he romped to a 6.3 lengths win. A brother to Miss Imagica, he is another Lyndhurst sold QTIS sale yearling, costing his trainer $35,000.
The highlight of the seven winners, six of them first crop runners, the previous week for the Hidden Dragon progeny was a new success on Adelaide’s Morphettville for one of the most brilliant of them, Obsidian Dragon. In scoring by 2.9 lengths, she was recording her sixth win on this track. Earlier successes had included winning margins of 5.1 lengths, 3.5 lengths and 3.2 lengths.
From November 1 to 26 inclusive, Hidden Dragon has had winners of at least 17 races and is set to wrack up his 70th individual winner, a tally obtained in 25 months of representation.
On earnings, Queensland’s champion juvenile sire and tenth most successful nationally with his first crop in 2009-10, Hidden Dragon has got off to an impressive start with his new youngsters in the current year. He is the first sire to have three winners in the age group and also has been represented by Hidden Warrior, a Paul Perry trained head second in the historic Breeders’ Plate at Randwick at his only outing to date. Well fancied for that race following a seven lengths trial win, Hidden Warrior is being aimed at the rich Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast in January.
Earlier Stakes performers by Hidden Dragon comprise Hollowlea (four wins, Moonee Valley Stakes-Gr.2, VRC Exford Plate-LR; third Moonee Valley Vase-Gr.2), Obsidian Dragon (six wins Adelaide; three Listed thirds), Hidden Kisses (four wins, second Eagle Farm Princess Stakes-LR) and Steel Dragon (five wins, third Eagle Farm Golden Stakes-LR.
Principal venues on which the Hidden Dragons have won have been, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba,Townsville, Cairns, Rockhampton, Pakenham, Singapore (five runners, all winners), Macau and New Zealand (one runner each).