Appreciating a drop in class after taking on the big guns in the Stan Fox Stakes in Sydney two weeks ago, Hidden Dragon three-year-old Bodega Negra was back to his best at Doomben on Saturday.
Reunited with regular rider Kelvin Wharton, the Bruce Hill trained gelding proved 1¾ lengths too strong for his rivals – recording the second win of his five start career.
Hill had been confident that Bodega Negra could measure up against the better gallopers in Group company at his previous outing but things did not go to plan at Rosehill.
“Our plan was to settle further back in the race but he ended up doing too much work,” he said.
A game close up third after getting onto the wrong leg at his previous start at Doomben, Bodega Negra has always displayed above average ability and Hill says that the best is still to come.
“One of his best assets is his laid-back attitude,” he said, adding that “he is going to get a bit of ground later which is a big plus.”
Bred by Matthew Chan who raced Hidden Dragon in Hong Kong, Bodega Negra was sold at the Magic Millions QTIS Sale for $46,000 and in just five starts has already won nearly three times that amount for his happy owners.
Hidden Dragon’s progeny have been in great form of late with other October winners including Hidden Rock (successful at three of his last four starts), Lobor Treasure (Macau) and the easy maiden winners Glaurung and Wise Men Say.