NEWCASTLE-BASED trainer Paul Perry has enjoyed great success over the years at the Melbourne Spring Carnival and while he just missed with the wayward Snitzel gelding I Get Around earlier in the day, he made up for it when the smart Hidden Warrior earned his first stakes success in the Group III Telstra Phonewords Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.
The three-year-old gelding had just a Newcastle maiden win to show for his five starts when jockey Nash Rawiller suggested that the son of Hidden Warrior would be suited by Moonee Valley.
"Nash's vision that day was that Moonee Valley would suit him and full credit to his imagination, he got it right," Perry said.
Rawiller had a torrid time keeping the gelding on a true course. He veered towards the centre of the straight but still proved too good for Hausmann with Chosen Moment a fast finishing third.
"He's a horse with a few tricks but he showed what he is made of today and that is the main thing," Perry said.
"He is still running on raw talent, how good will he be when he matures in the mind?
"As we could all see, he pretty much did everything wrong but his ability carried him through."
Bred by Anton Koolman Bloodstock, Hidden Warrior was consigned to the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale with Perry signing the sale docket for $105,000.
Hidden Warrior is the fifth live foal of the Warwick Farm winner Marcovette (St Covet), a half-sister to listed stakes winner Kirkberg from the family of Shellscrape and Red Tracer.
Hidden Warrior becomes the fourth stakes-winner (Hollowlea, Hidden Kisses, Imagica) for Lyndurst Stud's popular Danehill stallion Hidden Dragon who is standing the season at a fee of $11,000 with 50% discounts for metro winning mares.
"A super win!" was how enthused proud part-owner Jeff Collins described fast and tough Hidden Dragon mare Obsidian Dragon at Cranbourne. After the gutsy victory the David Balfour trained five year old had been set for the race - a $100,000 Cranbourne Cup Day feature. "That was the race we were aiming for," said Collins, who is now looking forward to the dilemma of where to race the honest bay next.
"There is a 1100m event at Flemington on Oaks Day."
The race is a black type mares race should be within her keeping.
The winner of more than $414,000 in stakes, Obsidian Dragon has done a great job - costing just $23,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
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