Hidden Dragon speed to burn

| August 18, 2013

Hidden DragonHIDDEN WARRIOR’S front running win in class record time over older horses in the One Solutions Handicap over 1350m at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday suggests this very promising 3-year-old gelding by the emerging Danehill sire Hidden Dragon, a resident at the Kruger’s Lyndhurst Stud at Warwick in Queensland, could fire again next Saturday if he backs up in the $140,000 Yarraman Park – Horse Power Luskin Star Stakes (1300m) at the Scone stand alone.

One of ten horses Newcastle trainer, Paul Perry has accepted for the $2million two-day (Friday and Saturday) Scone Carnival, Hidden Warrior is the Lyndhurst Stud sold $105,000 Gold Coast sale graduate who, following a seven lengths trial win at Newcastle, opened his racing career with a head second to subsequent superstar Pierro in the Breeders’ Plate at Randwick, despite hanging out.

Since then his performances, besides Saturday’s success, have included all the way wins at Newcastle (900m, by 1 ¼ lengths) and Moonee Valley (a Group 3 at 1200m; hung out) and seconds at Wyong (Magic Millions Wyong Classic, a neck) and Canterbury (1100m, again hung out).

Showing the benefit of Star Kingdom getting together with Danehill, Hidden Warrior was produced on Lyndhurst for Anton Koolman Bloodstock, the agents who organised for Hidden Dragon, an Australian bred Hong Kong performer who won six races to 1400m and Group1 second placed at 1600m, to stand in the historic stud’s stallion yards.

A winner and fourth in the AJC Kindergarten Stakes at Randwick at two, Hidden Warrior’s dam Marcovette is by the Luskin Star grandson St Covet (a big loss when he died at the Glenlogan Park Stud after three seasons of use) and from Marscay Magic, a Marscay winner. Both Luskin Star and Marscay are Star Kingdom male line sires.

Hidden Dragon’s result at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday capped a day’s racing that confirmed him as a very worthwhile sire. His tough daughter Hidden Kisses, a winner six times, pushed her earnings over $400,000 with a nose second at Eagle Farm and, for any sire a rarity, he supplied a treble at the one meeting, the Gold Coast.

His only three runners at the Gold Coast were all winners succeeding for the first time.They are the 2-year-old filly Helen’s Angel (dam by Piccolo) and 3-year-olds Alpine Dragon (gelding out of a Monashee Mountain mare) and Spirit of Amber (a filly from a mare by Falvelon’s sire Alannon).

The oldest progeny of Hidden Dragon are 5-year-olds and so far he has nearly 150 winners, headed by stakes performers Hollowlea (dam by Scenic; 4 wins, MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes-Gr.2, VRC Henry Bucks Stakes-LR, third MVRC AAMI Vase-Gr.2), Hidden Warrior, Miss Imagica (Shedad;10 wins, historic Toowoomba Weetwood-LR twice), Hidden Jewel (Jan Murray; BRC Princess Stakes-LR), Obsidian Dragon (Monde Bleu; 9 wins, won Melbourne, Adelaide, three Listed thirds, fourth SAJC D.C. Mackay Stakes-Gr.3), Saraji (Al Hareb; 6 wins, four Brisbane, two Listed thirds), Hidden Kisses, I’llbetricked (Twig Moss, 7 wins, three Brisbane, second Brisbane Tatt’s Members’ Cup) and Steel Dragon (Volksraad; 8 wins, Brisbane, Townsville at two, Listed third).

Hidden Dragon stands at Lyndhurst with the highly regarded leading Queensland sire Sequalo (528 winners and 16 stakes winners) and 2011 newcomer Drumbeats (Redoute’s Choice – Delicate Choice, by Last Tycoon), a winner of three stakes to Group 2 and second or third in five others. He finished fourth in the Doncaster Handicap and fifth in the Epsom.

Jeff Kruger 0429 076 610, email jeff@lyndhurststud.com and his brother Griffith 0427 010 096, griff@ipstarmail.com.au are the third generation management team. The website is www.lyndhurststud.com

Story by Brian Russell

 


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