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).