Remarkable rise continues for Hidden Dragon

Lyndhurst Stud sire Hidden Dragon continued his remarkable rise up the ranks when Annette’s Pumpkin won the Subiaco Maiden Hcp at Doomben on Wednesday.  

Annette’s Pumpkin (3c Hidden Dragon – Smoke The Pipe by Puissance) appeared to win outright but Mazumah (Secret Savings) levelled up in the last stride and the judge was unable to split the pair.

Annette’s Pumpkin is trained by Mick Nolan and had won a Toowoomba trial by five lengths before sharing the spoils first-up.  He was catalogued for the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS yearling sale by Eureka Stud as agent for the O’Reilly family but was withdrawn prior to the sale.

Annette’s Pumpkin is a stablemate of Hidden Dragon’s flying filly Miss Imagica who won a Toowoomba maiden by next to nine lengths last Saturday night.

Miss Imagica (3f Hidden Dragon – Imagica by Shedad) was a $14,000 buy for Nolan from the Lyndhurst Stud draft at the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS yearling sale.

Hidden Dragon has now sired 23 winners of 38 races since Steel Dragon opened his account in the Pallarenda Stakes at Townsville 12 months ago.

Steel Dragon (3g Hidden Dragon – Vo Gold by Volksraad) went on to earn black-type when placed in the Listed Hampden Stakes at Doomben in May and his hoof is back on the till after a good second to Craigellachie at Doomben last Saturday.

A striking bay son of Danehill, Hidden Dragon raced in Hong Kong and was a G3 winner of the Chinese Challenge Cup.  He also had the distinction of running Silent Witness to less than a length when finishing runner-up to the champion sprinter during his 17 race winning streak.

Hidden Dragon finished his first season with a Top 4 finish behind Stratum, Snitzel and Foreplay in 2009-10.  Leading the way was Flemington and Moonee Valley stakes winner Hollowlea.

Hidden Dragon started his stud career at Lyndhurst for an $8,800 fee but the cost of a cover has since risen to $13,200.