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.