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Hidden Dragons are breathing fire

STUART Kendrick, ex-Mackay Premiership trainer, could have his first Magic Millions Classic two-year-old runner after debutant Celestial Dragon's impressive win at Doomben.

The Hidden Dragon two-year-old, ridden by Tim Bell, led all the way in the QTIS 2YO (1100m) on Saturday, November 30.

It was a tough but classy victory recorded by Celestial Dragon, proving himself a viable Magic Millions prospect.

Showing great natural pace to take the lead, the Stuart Kendrick trained colt gave a nice kick at the turn and held off all challenges late to salute by three quarters of a length.

Jockey Timothy Bell said that Celestial Dragon was able to win despite not handling the heavy conditions.

"I travelled okay mid-race, but when I clicked him up at the 600m to see what was in the tank his legs went everywhere!" he said.

"He didn't feel that he handled it at all, but was a class above them."

He said he should improve lengths on the dry.

"He's Magic Millions bound," a jubilant Stuart declared after the win.

"At this stage he'll start again in three weeks at Doomben in a $50,000 QTIS race and then it will be three weeks into the Magic Millions.

"If he wins in three weeks he'll definitely go in the Magic Millions field."

Celestial Dragon had no official trial form before the race, but had won two jump-outs in good style.

Comparing Celestial Dragon favourably to other talented juveniles he has ridden this season, Bell said he had about four horses who were heading towards the Millions, and Celestial Dragon was right up there with them.

"It is the first time I've ridden him and hopefully it's not the last," he said.

Celestial Dragon was syndicated by Darby Racing and was bred out of the dual city winning Kenfair mare Nasrullah's Girl.

November was a good month for Hidden Dragons.

The proven high class son of Danehill was represented by a swagger of smart winners including the up-and-comer Friendly Dragon from the Les Ross stables.

The lightly raced three-year-old was rising in class backing up off an impressive Gold Coast victory, and that Dragon jockey Timothy Bell was aboard again - he proved just too good.

Successful at three of his eight starts to date, Friendly Dragon was bred out of dual city winning Distinctly North mare Northern Friends.

Meanwhile, Hidden Dragons were consistent all month after winning from Sydney to Cairns.

This includes Boom Sha La, Norbert, Mythologist, Hidden Warrior and Bodega Negra - who is named after a well-known London restaurant, and is the first foal produced by the unraced Fantastic Light mare Fantastic Flo Jo.

Gold Coast winner Hidden Rock made it two in a row, whilst Can't Find Him did the same coming off a last start win to make it two in a row.

Early news on the Capricornia Sale as nominations are being processed is that Lyndhurst Stud is sending five Hidden Dragons to the Classic Sale in April for the first time in four years.

Two are out of stakes winning mares to enhance the width and depth of the success of their breed that win so many here.

Laurel Glen Equine Centre will be represented by two Dragons, one a half to recent Penang winner Propitions Gold, and the other out of Show A Heart's sister.

She is already the mother of two group and listed horses to win ten between them.

Trackside mail is Geoff Cranston's HD two-year-old filly Starlet Girl.

The ex-Laurel Glen draft Capricornia Sale, is due to resume at Lillyvale Lodge under the Stephens husband and wife training team.

She is off a win at the October trials, but connections electing not to push her too soon into the Breeder's Plate.

Recent trials also showed up the two-year-old Silent Response, who was seen winning an open trial for local trainer Tim Cook with his partner Carly Pye aboard.

That should ensure wins in QTIS two-year-old races at Callaghan Park in the near future for that pair.

She has a Hidden Dragon half-sister coming to the 2014 sales.

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