Locally-trained Miss Imagica (4 m Hidden Dragon – Imagica, by Shedad) fulfilled a lifelong dream for trainer Michael Nolan when she won Thursday’s Listed $150,000 Weetwood Handicap (1200m) on the Toowoomba cushion track.
Miss Imagica was posted out three deep from the start but cornered full of running, going clear early in the straight to go on and score by two and a quarter lengths over Cariad (Sequalo) with the fast finishing Reilly Blue (Sequalo) getting up for third place in front of the $2 favourite The Ringmaster.
“I’ve been training for 21 years and I’ve always wanted to win this race,” Nolan said.¬†”This is as good as it gets for me. I’ve trained a Group One winner with Laurie’s Lottery in the Doomben 10,000 but this is different, this means the world to me to win this race.”
Miss Imagica has won seven races on the Toomoomba track and the Weetwood is her biggest victory to date and her first black-type win.
Her sire Hidden Dragon (Danehill) won the Gr 3 Chinese Challenge Cup (1400m) in Hong Kong and stands at Lyndhurst Stud in Queensland.
Queensland-based Hidden Dragon (Danehill – Ballroom Babe) has forged a reputation for getting precocious stock and with four runners in the 2yo Stakes at Townsville on Tuesday you could say he had a chance of siring the winner – and he did.
Boom Sha La (2 f Hidden Dragon – Shalaal, by Scenic) showed her rivals a clean pair of heels in the straight to score by a length and three-quarters over Alo Magic (Sequalo) to land the $20,000 Pallarenda Stakes over 1000m.
The $12,800 first prize a great return on the $5,000 Boom Sha La cost as a yearling at the 2011 Magic Million QTIS 600 Sale where she was purchased by Rob and Jane Koch.
Hidden Dragon stands at Lyndhurst Stud in Queensland at a fee of $13,200 incl GST in 2011. Last season he was represented by the good Melbourne stakes winner Hollowlea along with the fast Obsidian Dragon and he has sired 55 winners from 123 starters to date according to Bloodline statistics.
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