A horse who has always displayed considerable promise, Hidden Dragon's exciting son Hidden Warrior broke his maiden in impressive style at Newcastle on Wednesday.
Having his first run since late last year, the Paul Perry trained three-year-old first caught the eye when running Champion 2Y0 Pierro to a head (the closest any horse has been to that rising star) at his debut in the Listed Breeders Plate last spring.
Consequently splitting high class performers Hoss Amor and Dear Demi in the Wyong Magic Millions - beaten a mere neck - Hidden Warrior blossomed during a lengthy break, Perry confident that he can again measure up in good company.
As is jockey Nash Rawiller who enjoyed a stellar day at Newcastle - Hidden Warrior (who was sent out a hot odds-on favourite on the back of his outstanding form) one of his four winners on the card.
"He basically came here today for a trial," he said.
"He was well above himself and did a few things wrong but that will clean him out nicely for future runs. He is a promising horse."
Hidden Warrior was bred by Anton Koolman Bloodstock who sold the good-looking chestnut at the 2011 Magic Millions for $105,000.
He is a son of the excellent broodmare Marcovette (who only a few weeks ago foaled a colt by Sebring), a city winning daughter of St Covet who has also produced the Listed Gimcrack Stakes winner Defiant Dame who sold at the June Magic Millions broodmare sale in foal to Fastnet Rock for $750,000.
Marcovette's two-year-old Titanomagnetite, a $135,000 Magic Millions yearling and a full brother to Hidden Warrior, is currently in work with Helen Page at the Gold Coast. Meanwhile her yearling filly - also by Hidden Dragon - has been entered for next year's Magic Millions sale.
Like Hidden Dragon's stakes winning daughter Miss Imagica, Hidden Warrior is bred on the famed Danehill/Biscay cross. With his 4 X 4 cross of Northern Dancer, Hidden Dragon is certainly bred to appreciate strains of Star Kingdom and we look forward to welcoming mares from this great line to him.
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!
The winners just keep rolling in for outstanding young stallion Hidden Dragon with four of his sons and daughters successful over the last few days.
Tough stakes placed mare Hidden Kisses headlined her sire's great weekend with a gutsy victory at Doomben on Saturday.
Having really caught the eye with a fast-finishing third at her previous outing, the Robert Heathcote trained five-year-old was sent out a hot odds-on favourite and whilst the margin was a narrow one, she always looked the winner.
Increasing her prizemoney tally to an impressive $367,800, Hidden Kisses recorded the sixth win of her 26 start career.
A great buy for just $25,000 at the 2009 Magic Milions, Hidden Kisses - bred by Andrew O'Dwyer - is only the second foal produced by the five times winning city placed sprinter Kiss An Angel by Piccolo.
A regular visitor to Hidden Dragon, Kiss An Angel is also dam of the Victorian winner Chasing Kisses (whose trainer Terry O'Sullivan is a big fan of the breed having enjoyed Gr.2 success with Hollowlea) as well as the Sequalo winner Sequalo Revenge.
Hidden Dragon's latest winning run kicked off at Scone on Friday with three-year-old Maragee claiming her maiden at big odds at only her second start.
A home-bred for the Croan family, she is the first foal produced by the two times winning Marechal mare Maredamah.
Another new winner for Hidden Dragon is Vasuki who, at his third run this preparation, appreciated a step up to 1200m when breaking through at Lismore on Saturday.
Bred and raced by Helen Coughlan, she is the final foal produced by the Our Poetic Prince mare Direct Message who died a couple of years ago.
Hidden Dragon's fourth winner for the weekend was Komodo Blue who proved 1.3 lengths too strong for her rivals at Muswellbrook on Sunday.
Bred by Dieter Ruzicka and sold at the 2009 Magic Millions for $14,000, the bay has proven a wonderful mare for connections - her latest success her sixth from 18 starts.
Successful at two of her last three, the Grant Marshall trained five-year-old is the last foal produced by the Bluebird mare Paleface Blue who died three years ago. She threw another two winners for Lyndhurst stallions - Hayil the sire of her multiple city winner The Chanster and her four times winner Pitch White.
Sequalo also enjoyed success at the Gold Coast on Saturday, the lightly raced and promising Witches Lips in winning form at her first start since last year. A member of the Helen Page stable, she has won two of six.
STOP PRESS: Yet another winner for Hidden Dragon on Monday with Chasing Kisses saluting at Mildura. A member of the Terry O'Sullivan stable she is a full sister to Saturday's winner Hidden Kisses! Their dam Kiss An Angel is back at Lyndhurst due to re-visit Hidden Dragon this season. And further success for Hidden Dragon in Asia with his son Befledged- a Lyndhurst home-bred - winning at Selangor, Malaysia. Also a winner in Singapore, he is a half brother to the stakes winner Over The Wicket and Down The Wicket and his dam Golf Circuit has a lovely yearling colt by Sequalo - and is due to foal to him again this spring. Meanwhile her two-year-old Sequalo is in work with Tony Gollan
And yet another winner at Townsville on Tuesday -- the Lyndhurst bred Wild Iris breaking her maiden in impressive fashion by nearly three lengths.
Always reliable, the consistent HIDDEN DRAGON has enjoyed an outstanding weekend with no less than six impressive winners headline by a gutsy victory by Steel Dragon in the Lightning Handicap at Townsville.
Recording the eighth win of his 29 start career and increasing his prize money tally to an impressive $367,600, Steel Dragon was a part of an amazing week for his trainer Olivia Cairns who had a good excuse not to be on track - having given birth to a baby boy the day before!
Raced by Granham Nicolls and Neville Walsh, Steel Dragon had been below his best at previous outings - his campaign hindered by severe stomach ulcers which fortunately responded well to treatment.
Meanwhile three-year-old Just Betty won by nearly three lengths at the Gold Coast - her second success from only four starts for the Darren Bell stable. A home-bred for the Bidewell family, she is a full sister to the winner Hidden Star out of a half sister to the multiple city winner Junk In The Trunk.
Four-year-old Dragons Bletch recorded his fourth win when proving half a length too strong for his rivals in a Class 5 1000m event at Townsville. A $32,000 yearling who was pin-hooked and re-sold for $62,000, he is a full brother to the winner Big Bear Chase from the family of Melbourne Cup hero Viewed.
Consistent filly Sistabella was in winning form at Roma in late June and again at Longreach on Saturday. A bargain $9000 purchase, she is a half sister to six winners including Sequalo's three times winner Sistagirl and a full sister to Spiritofthedragon who also won on Saturday - recording her second victory when successful at Wondai. Bred by Lyndhurst, in-form the duo are also half siblings to the Adelaide Magic Milions winner Dress Code and their dam's full brother is current for sale...
Hidden Dragon's good form continued on Sunday with two-year-old Saddleback saluting in impressive fashion at his Sunshine Coast debut. Bred by Palm View Stud and purchased by Alan Acton for $22,000 at the Rockhampton Capricornia Yearling Sale, he is out of the winning Canny Lad mare Rubies And Gold, a half sister to the US stakes winner Silver Jet.
Hidden Dragon stands for $11,000 inc GST and breeders are reminded to take advantage of the '2 for 1 deal' - send one mare who is a) stakes performed, b) a stakes producer or c) amultiple city winner - and receive a second nomination!
Hidden Dragon's great haul was just part of a successful weekend for Lyndhurst stallions, other winners including Sequillian (a three-year-old Sequalo filly who has won her last two at Ipswich by wide margins), Carry Larry's Rose (a three-year-old son of the late Carry The Flag who recorded his second win at Toowoomba), Trail Boss (a consistent son of Sequalo whose Sunshine Coast victory was his seventh success from 19 starts) and Rocklea Raider (a four-year-old by the late Canadian Silver who really looked the goods taking out his maiden by over seven lengths at the Sunshine Coast).
Talented speedster Danzig Rocket was back to his best at Kranji on Friday night, the son of Hidden Dragon putting on a pacy display to outspeed his rivals in a 1000m dash.
Always travelling well for seven times champion Malaysia jockey Azhar Ismail, the Dr Yeoh trained four-year-old hugged the rails into the straight - kicking clear a long way from home; strong right to the line.
"I was able to sit behind the pace and when I got a clear run on the rails he responded very well for a very nice win," Ismail said.
“He’s a good horse," Dr Yeoh added.
“From the wide draw, I told Azhar to just kick him forward and not to look back."
The second Hidden Dragon winner this week on the competitive Asian circuit (Dragimova saluting at Shatin), Danzig Rocket is out of the three times winning Danzig Connection mare Danzig's Strike.
Hailing from the family of stakes winners Dazzling Flyer and French Flute, Danzig's Strike sadly passed away two years ago - her final foal a Hidden Dragon yearling colt.
Hidden Dragon reached another significant milestone on the weekend with his lightly raced and promising son Dragimova becoming his sire's first Hong Kong winner.
Having only his third start, the three-year-old showed good heart to salute over 1200m under the guidance of champion rider Douglas Whyte.
Luckless at his first couple of outings - drawing awkwardly on both occasions - Dragimova was deserving of his win, showing good improvement with the addition of blinkers.
"I'd galloped him a couple of times with the blinkers on and they transformed him,' Whyte said.
"He didn't fire up in them, he was just more focussed," Whyte said.
"He drew out but I had Time Runner on my inside, who has been showing plenty of speed, and I expected to follow him across and let him do all the dirty work but Dragimova was too quick for him. So I took him to the front, he had a good look around and a breather and then he kicked."
"I think he'll make a nice bread and butter horse next season."
A $32,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast QTIS 600 Yearling Sale graduate who trialled at Warwick Farm before heading to Hong Kong, Dragimova races in the same colours as his sire.
Bred and raced by the sane Fraternity Syndicate who raced Hidden Dragon, Dragimova is out of the city winning Jetball mare Jetonova. Dam of another three yet to be named Hidden Dragons (all fillies), she hails from the family of champion stallion Without Fear and last year's W.S Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker.