So tough and sound are the Hidden Dragon breed that they perform consistently throughout Australia - and beyond, his progeny faring particularly well on the Asian circuit.
And on Sunday January 13 he was represented by a winning double in Singapore, the smart gallopers Fantastic Boy and Danzig Rocket both in the winnner's circle at Kranji.
Both members of the Sonny Keoh stable, the duo won by convincing margins - Fantastic Boy breaking his maiden by a solid 1 1/2 lengths whilst Danzig Rocket was even more impressive saluting by a soft four lengths.
Bred at Lyndhurst Stud by Jeff Kruger, Fantastic Boy was having his seventh start and his on pace victory can be viewed at: http://www.turfclub.com.sg/MediaCenter/VideoGallery/Pages/RaceVideos.aspx?url=http://videos.turfclub.com.sg/2013/20130113SR07.jpg&MeetingDate=2013-01-13T00:00:00Z&Year=2013&RaceNumber=7&title=20130113SR07&RaceType=RaceVideos&index=0#.UPdYqWdg-dw
Sold for $70,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast QTIS 600 Sale, Fantastic Boy is the second foal for well related Gilded Time mare Cenotime.
Served last spring by Sequalo having produced a Drumbeats filly in late September, Cenotime is a half sister to the multiple city winner Kudeta from a prolific black type family that has produced the international star Vengeance Of Rain, the Blue Diamond Stakes winner Danelagh, the AJC Oaks heroine Dizelle and the Group winners Memphis Blues, Palatious, Cable and Bon Amie.
Having his third run back from a spell, Danzig Rocket recorded his fifth career victory and he too showed great natural pace to lead throughout... http://www.turfclub.com.sg/MediaCenter/VideoGallery/Pages/RaceVideos.aspx?url=http://videos.turfclub.com.sg/2013/20130113SR10.jpg&MeetingDate=2013-01-13T00:00:00Z&Year=2013&RaceNumber=10&title=20130113SR10&RaceType=RaceVideos&index=0#.UPdZ_Gdg-dw
Sadly Danzig Rocket's dam Danzig's Strike died young a few years ago having produced just four foals - her final foal being a full brother (now two) to Danzig Rocket. She hailed from the family of stakes winners Dazzling Flyer and French Flute.
There is no doubt that outstanding Hidden Dragon mare Miss Imagica loves her home track - the Michael Nolen trained five-year-old recording all but one of her nine career victories at beloved Toowoomba.
Since winning her maiden at her Ipswich debut in March 2010, Miss Imagica has raced ten times at Toowoomba - losing out only twice!
And she was at her best at her favourite course on Saturday January 5, at only her second run this campaign racing away to an easy 3¼ length victory in the Fillies & Mares Quality Handicap.
Working hard early from a wide gate, Miss Imagica made the pace - kicking clear from the home straight and never looking in andy danger of defeat.
The win was both a thrill and a relief for Nolan who admitted to have been worried about his mare's topweight of 59kg - 3.5kg more than the next horse in the weights. And it was a smart field too.
"I had huge doubts," Nolan admitted.
"I didn't know whether she could give smart horses like Bradbury Chocolate 5kg and win but she just brained them."
"It is amazing what she is able to do on this track," he said, adding that Miss Imagica would now enjoy a freshen-up in preparation for another crack at the Listed Weetwood Handicap in April - a race she won last year by a dominant 2¼ lengths.
"We will try to do again what we did last year," Nolan said, adding that "she'll be retired then and go to the breeding barn."
Miss Imagica was nicely ridden by Skye Bogenhuber who was excited to record her "first quality win - a real thrill!" she enthused, keen to give Miss Imagica all the credit - "it was a massive effort from her."
Miss Imagica's winning time of 1:12.89 broke her own class record for the 1200m.
Her success was part of a good recent run for the ever consistent Hidden Dragon whose other winners since the start of the year include Sun Warrior (1¾ winner under 62kg at Innisfail on New Year's Day), Dynomitella (1¼ length winner at Ipswich second up on January 4), Penski Material (successful at three of her last four including a Townsville 1000m contest on January 8), Hidden Starlet (Nanango winner under 59kg on January 12) and Hidden Woman (Port Macquarie, January 13).
Exciting Hidden Dragon filly Sister Magic made it two from two when putting on display her superior speed at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
A debut winner at that same track a couple of weeks ago, the Michael Nolen trained two-year-old held her form, showing plenty of courage when challenged over the final stages.
Described by Nolen as "a nice filly with good speed and good size like her sister," Sister Magic is a full sister to this year's Listed Weetwood Handicap Miss Imagica.
Adding that Sister Magic has proven "very professional," Nolen is pleased to have been trusted with her training by her breeders Gordon and Cathy Smith.
Having sold Miss Imagica and their mare Imagica's next foal, they were ready to keep one of her daughters and they have chosen well!
"We wanted to keep a filly from the mare and fortunately it has worked out well for us," Gordon Smith said.
"Sheep and wool are our main business but we have a couple of mares (at a property west of Stanthorpe)."
Smith's father John raced the good 1960s sprinter Firebox and the family were also involved in Donnatelle, who won 11 races in the early 1990s.
Already the winner of $113,000, Sister Magic is giving her owners a good bit of fun, Gordon and Kathy racing her with their son and daughter Kenneth and Philippa.
"It's just fantastic to have everyone involved. We're having a lot of fun," Cathy said.
Nolen is enjoying having both fillies under his care - "it is fun for us here at the stable to be training sisters," he said, - "it's a rare opportunity and one we're enjoying."
Hidden Dragon also added a new winner to his ever increasing tally on Saturday with Hidden Manner (bred by Lyndhurst) breaking his maiden at Innisfail. Sequalo was represented by a winner - Thirty Three Large - at the same meeting.
There is nothing like a winner over the Melbourne Spring Carnival and trainer Paul Perry was delighted when his classy three-year-old recorded a gutsy victory in the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
Doing early work from the outside gate, the attractive chestnut did a fair bit wrong - still green - but when challenged in the straight he found plenty to win by half a length.
Having only his sixth start and his third this preparation, Hidden Warrior has always been highly regarded - at his first start at two only just beaten by Pierro in the Listed Breeders Plate at Randwick.
Given plenty of time after his two-year-old preparation, Hidden Warrior is a horse, says Perry, who has plenty of scope for improvement.
"He is probably still six months away," he said - "he is still immature."
Perry was justifiably proud of Hidden Warrior's victory at his first start at Group level.
"He worked early," he said, "Nash (Rawiller) had to make use of him early so it was a tough effort."
Unsure if Hidden Warrior will back up in Saturday's Gr.1 Coolmore Stakes at Flemington - "we will see how he pulls up and how he does during the week" - Perry was joined in his high opinion of the horse by Nash Rawiller
"You all saw how raw and wayward the horse can be," he said, "but he's a talent and he gives me the impression that when it all clicks he can go on to be a genuine Group One horse."
Hidden Warrior was bred by great Lyndhurst supporter and respected bloodstock agent Anton Koolman who is a great Hidden Dragon fan.
"Hidden Dragon enjoyed Cox Plate weekend producing his fourth stakes winner and siix individual winners throughout Australia to maintain his position in the top 20 sires on wins in the country," he said.
"Whilst the majority of Hidden Dragons progeny race in Queensland his better performances have come outside his home state with black type performers in Victoria and South Australia from a select few runners. Hidden Dragon covered large books of mares which has resulted in a great number of individual winners of multiple races but it is evident that once given the opportunity to cover a quality mare he responds."
"When we sold Hidden Warrior as a yearling," he continued, "I would not have imagined he would be precocious enough to take his place in a Breeders Plate but to Paul Perry’s credit he pushed Pierro to a half head."
"If my assesment of Hidden Warrior is correct, he will have a bumper year as a three-year-old."
* in a nice bit of Lyndhurst Stud trivia, the Red Anchor Stakes won by Hidden Warrior was, back in 1993, won by our very own Sequalo!
Also in winning form on Saturday was the Terry & Karina O'Sullivan (trainers of Hidden Dragon Gr.2 winner Hollowlea) trained Our Rosella who recorded a one length maiden victory over 2000m at St Arnaud in Victoria. Bred by Lyndhurst, she was sold to owner Kingsley Peach - a great supporter of the Hidden Dragon breed - at the 2010 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale for $6000.
Another new Hidden Dragon winner on Saturday was Pinnacle Ridge who broke through over 1250m at Cairns. He is a son of the city winning Blazing Saddles mare Lady Blaze who also has a two-year-old colt by Hidden Dragon.
And at the Gold Coast on Saturday Hidden Dragon enjoyed a double with Quizette (whose dam, the Listed winner Quizas is a regular visitor to Hidden Dragon) recording her second victory for the Helen Page stable whilst the in-form Speeding Dragon made it three in a row stepping up from victories at Rockhampton and Emerald. He has had 11 starts for four wins and four placings for Roma trainer Craig Smith... and he is quite the Lyndhurst product being out of the Celestial Dancer mare Rhapsody Girl who has produced two Sequalo winners including the multiple city winner Blackwoods Choice. Rhapsody Girl's dam Regal Rhapsody meanwhile is the dam of Sequalo stakes winner Royal Shiraz.
Hidden Dragon's good run continued on Sunday with Vermithrax won his maiden by a soft 2.3 lengths at Queanbeyan on Sunday. He is a son of the Luskin Star mare Good Thing who has produced five winners by Lyndhurst stallions including the stake placed Celestial Dancer gelding Heavenly Cruise.
In other Hidden Dragon news, his classy daughter Obsidian Dragon - who two starts ago toyed with a classy field in the Apache Cat Classic on Cranbourne Cup Day - will, say connections, bounce back from an unplaced run at Moonee Valley on Saturday.
"We elected to try to get in behind them given the pace inside," said part-owner Jeff Collins, "but it didn't work - when Kulgrinda whipped around three wide to put her in between runs she just didn't travel."
Going home to South Australia for a ten day freshen-up, Obsidian Dragon will be set for a Moonee Valley race on November 24.
Meanwhile Hidden Dragon's family is also in form - at Doomben on Saturday Dee Bee Nine winning his second race in a row. He is a grandson of Hidden Dragon's outstanding dam Ballroom Babe.
"A super win!" enthused proud part-owner Jeff Collins after the gutsy victory recorded by the fast and tough Hidden Dragon mare Obsidian Dragon at Cranbourne last Sunday.
Second up from a spell having caught the eye with a game first up third at Moonee Valley, the David Balfour trained five-year-old had been set for the race - a $100,000 Cranbourne Cup Day feature named after the mighty Apache Cat.
"That was the race we were aiming for," said Collins who is now looking forward to the dilemma of where to race the honest bay next.
"There is a 1000m race at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day and an 1100m event at Flemington on Oaks Day."
"The 1000m at the Valley suits but it is an open handicap whereas the Flemington event is a black type mares race."
"It is a great situation to be in," he added - excited that Obsidian Dragon is in great form at the right time of year.
Not that has ever been in anything but great form, having won nine of her 24 starts with a further eight placings to her credit.
The winner of over $414,000 in stakes, Obsidian Dragon has done a great job - costing just $23,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
Bred by Fraternity Thoroughbreds and raced by Collins with Jason Carvill and Robyn Balfour, Obsidian Dragon did not have the easiest of runs in the Apache Cat Classic, sitting outside the leader off a hot pace but finding plenty over the final stages - drawing clear to win by a length.
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 has had two fillies and a colt by him since producing her speedy daughter), she is also dam of the Listed winner Danedina and the metropolitan winners Johadina and Fasadina.
Obsidian Dragon's success was part of a good weekend for Hidden Dragon who was represented by a double on Saturday - Special Dragon winning by five lengths at Gayndah whilst the Peter Moody trained three-year-old Kiss My Dragon impressively broke her maiden by two lengths at Pakenham.
Meanwhile on Friday Can't Find Him looked the goods racing away to a smart 3.8 length victory at his Coff's Harbour debut.
Like Sequalo, Hidden Dragon has made a great start to the 2012/13 season with his progeny already winning 24 races.
Brilliant Dragon who when breaking his maiden in August became his sire's first winner beyond 2000m, was again in winning form at Ipswich in early October, displaying versatility by winning a Class 1 event over 1700m.
Meanwhile the consistent Hidden Kisses was in the winner's circle at Doomben in early August and she has not run a bad race since - in four subsequent outings not once out of the first four. What a great return on her $25,000 pricetag she has been for her owners - her six wins from 30 starts netting them just short of $400,000 in stakes.
Stakes placed, Hidden Kisses is a full sister to the two times winner Chasing Kisses and two of her half siblings by Sequalo are also winners - Sequalo Revenge and Flying Ryan. Their dam, the five times winner Kiss An Angel, is a regular visitor to Hidden Dragon.
Another bargain at the yearling sales, Komodo Blue has also been in great form of late - the Grant Marshall trained five-year-old winning the Sesquicentennial Cup at Muswellbrook in early August and a few weeks later saluting at Doomben.
A $14,000 Magic Millions graduate, she has won seven of her 22 starts.
Lightly raced mare Just Betty is another recent city winner for Hidden Dragon - the three times winner from just seven starts proving too strong for her rivals over 1400m at Eagle Farm in late August. A home-bred for the Bidewell family, she is a full sister to the winner Hidden Star.
Another promising Hidden Dragon is Hide The Moon who looked the goods saluting at his Grafton debut in late September. A home-bred for Rosemary Sloan, he is out of the winning Eagle Eyed mare Moon Beam Kisses who foaled a Hidden Dragon filly last spring.
Hide The Moon boasts an interesting pedigree with Eagle Eyed being a full brother to Hidden Dragon's champion sire Danehill.