Hidden Dragon looks to have another smart one in the shape of Silk Traders - game winner at Doomben on Wednesday,
Having only his second start, the Kelso Wood trained three-year-old had good support in the betting, having run a great race at debut - racing wide but catching the eye with a Doomben second on June 20.
Always travelling well just off the leaders, Silk Traders found plenty in the run home - becoming Hidden Dragon's 14th winner since the start of June.
Bred by Fraternity Thoroughbreds and sold at the 2010 Brisbane Bloodstock Bonus Yearling Sale for $30,000, Silk Traders is the second Hidden Dragon winner for the unraced Luskin Star mare La Cauchemard - also dam of the Singapore winner American Tycoon.
Also dam of a still to be named Hidden Dragon two-year-old, La Cauchemard is a full sister to the stakes winner Sweet Dream Lady, grandam of the stakes winner Queen Carey and the VRC Derby runner up Zarek.
Bred on the highly successful Danehill/Kaoru Star cross, Silk Traders is a descendant of the great matriarch Chelandry and his fourth dam is the VRC Oaks heroine Innesfell.
Other recent winners for Hidden Dragon include Slysera, Meribel Magic (at debut), Sistabella, Molly's Way (by three lengths), La Rive Droit, Secret Scene, Secret Kiss (with ease at Toowoomba debut), Sun Warrior (two in a row), Annette's Pumpkin (bolting in by nearly seven lengths), Mafia Princess (two in a row at the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast) and Penski Material (by 2.8 lengths).
A great result for Lyndhurst Stud in the time honoured Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba, the Listed race with a history of being won by talented sprinters this year dominated by the progeny of our stallions.
First over the line, a deserved winner of her first black type race, was the classy daughter of Hidden Dragon, Miss Imagica who could not have been more impressive saluting by 2.3 lengths - leaving in her wake the talented Sequalo's Cariad and Reilly Blue.
Set for the feature by trainer Michael Nolan who has longed dreamed of winning his home track's biggest sprinting event, Miss Imagica was having her first run since mid-January and she reaffirmed her linking for the course - the Weetwood her seventh success at the course.
In total the winner of eight races and just short of $400,000 in stakes, Miss Imagica overcame a tricky outside barrier draw.
"I said to Nori (Yamada) when we drew the bad gate, just let her roll forward - don't panic. and he did that," said an excited Nolan.
"I know she travelled a bit deep but she was comfortable and I thought coming to the turn she had a kick in her and she did."
A trainer for 21 years, Nolan was thrilled to have won one of his favourite races - "I have watched them, I've been in them and now finally I have won one!" he enthused.
"She has been a great mare for the group that races her," he continued - adding that he also trained Miss Imagica's dam Imagica.
Also talented, Imagica had nine starts - winning four and finishing runner up on another three occasions.
Bred by Gordon and Kathy Smith from Amiens near Stanthorpe, Miss Imagica is one of five winners produced by Imagica, her other winners including the multiple city winner Pelltro by former Lyndhurst stallion Hayil and Miss Imagica's promising two-year-old full brother, the first start winner Bullet One.
The Smiths also bred another very good Hidden Dragon - the Singapore based Moonlite Shower.
Queensland-bred filly, Mafia Princess, has scored the biggest win of her career - the $100,000 Magic Millions Rockhamption 2YO Plate (1100m).
Sent to the lead from the outset by Scott Galloway, Mafia Princess was then able to slip clear of her rivals at the top of the long straight and then hold out the red hot favourite Snipzu to win in a thrilling head bobbing photo finish.
A $10,000 bargain buy for part owner and trainer Leigh Wanless, Mafia Princess is a daughter of Hidden Dragon (pictured) and was offered for sale by the farm which stands the sire, Lyndhurst Stud Farm - as agent for breeder Bill Kajewski.
"She was lean and mean," Wanless said when asked why he bought Mafia Princess.
"And you saw that in the race when she looked back at Snipzu, flicked her ear and refused to let her go past."
"My wife Lee actually picked her out at the sales. She liked her and we bought her for $10,000."
One of 75 impressive winners by Danehill's sire son Hidden Dragon, Mafia Princess is one of three winners produced by the winning Raise a Stanza mare, Eureka Blues.
Mafia Princess is a graduate of last year's Magic Millions QTIS Yearling Sale along with the likes of Lady Colours, Discreet, Love Laughing and Doubtfilly.
Trainer Dr Yeoh Kheng Chye made an overdue visit to the winner's circle when Danzig Rocket took out the $55,000 Huat Chai Handicap over 1000m on the Polytrack on Sunday.
It was just Dr Yeoh's second visit to the winner's circle for the year having previously tasted success with Merlin back on January 6.
Ridden by 4kg claiming apprentice Dennis Oon, Danzig Rocket scored a three-quarter length win over BM Win (Brethem Tai) with Irish Lightning (Barend Vorster) a half-length away third.
Danzig Rocket (Dennis Oon, yellow cap) bursts through to claim Race 3.
The time was 59.59 secs, the fastest of the three 1000m races that opened racing on Sunday.
The pace was quite hectic early with Blue Seven (Ivaldo Santana) leading the way over Mordi (Stephen Baster) and Irish Lightning with Danzig Rocket tucked away in fourth spot.
On turning for home Blue Seven skipped away and with 200m to run looked all set for victory, but being first-up from a seven month spell began to tire and the field swooped.
Oon was able to work through and into the clear and with 100m to run claimed the leader before holding off the chasing pack.
"The 4kg claim helped him a lot today," said Dr Yeoh. "It was a cool ride by the boy who settled the horse well behind the pace and brought him home with a strong finish."
"It proved today that he doesn't have to go to the front to win his races. He finished it off nicely."
Danzig Rocket pulled-up with respiratory distress when a fading 11th back in December before resuming with a fourth behind the smart Popi Popi on Februay 5.
"He was in need of a rest and he was fitter for his run last time," said Dr Yeoh. "He also was down in class which helped him also."
Although just recording two wins from his previous 15 starts, Danzig Rocket had proven to be a model of consistency with seven minor placings.
A four-year-old by Hidden Dragon from the Danzig Connection mare Danzig's Strike, Danzig Rocket has won more than $160,000 in prizemoney for his connections - the Danzig Rocket Stable.
Bonnie mare Obsidian Dragon brought her excellent Adelaide form to Melbourne on December 31, the fast and classy four-year-old claiming the very last race of 2011.
Always in control of the Moonee Valley 1000m Mares Handicap, the David Balfour trained four-year-old was not slowed down by the impost of topweight as she raced away to a convincing 2.8 length victory.
"That was an absolutely brilliant win!" enthused proud part owner Jeff Collins.
"To carry 59.5kg with most of the other runners on the 54 minimum and do what she did was amazing."
"She has now won eight metro races and given that it is hard enough to win one, it is a great effort."
Amassing over $347,000 in prizemoney with her eight victories from 21 starts, Obsidian Dragon has four black type placings to her credit and connections are keen to secure a stakes win.
"There are two Listed 1000m races coming up at Flemington and Caulfield," Collins said, "so maybe the time is right to get that black type win – she deserves one."
Speedy Adelaide mare Obsidian Dragon continued her run of great form with a classy victory at Morphettville on December 10 – her second success in a row at the track.
Trained by David Balfour, the speedy, tough and talented four-year-old has won both times by wide margins – now boasting a prize money tally in excess of $286,000.
A seven times winner from 20 starts, Obsidian Dragon is part raced by Jeff Collins who was thrilled by her latest performance.
"It was a race in which we thought she may have been susceptible to a speed dual with the Darwin flying machine Dream Machine," he said – noting that that winner of six in a row was carrying 4.5kg less than Obsidian Dragon – "but she simply blew them away at the start."
"Once she got the lead I knew she'd be almost impossible to get past – she is such a fighter."
"She is a great advertisement for Hidden Dragon who is getting winners all over the place at the moment," he continued.
There are several options for Obsidian Dragon in the immediate future with a trip to Melbourne and/or the Gold Coast for the rich Magic Millions meeting a possibility.