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.