Celestial Dragon Up In The Mud

Courtesy of www.kendrickracingstables.com.au

DARBY Racing and Kendrick Racing could have their first Magic Millions Classic 2YO runner after debutant Celestial Dragon's impressive win on a soggy Doomben.

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

"He's Magic Millions bound,'' trainer Stuart Kendrick said after the win.

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

"If he wins in three weeks he'll definitely be in the Magic Millions field. He's probably done enough to make the field now."

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

The heavy track was Kendrick's only real query leading into the race.

"I was a bit concerned about how he'd handle the wet track. He's such a big striding horse.

"Tim Bell said after the race he didn't feel that he handled it at all but was just too good them. He said she should improve lengths on the dry."

Celestial Dragon, a bargain buy at a Magic Millions sale earlier this year, was syndicated by Darby Racing, which is enjoying a stellar run of results in Queensland and New South Wales in recent weeks.

Kendrick Racing also saddled up a couple of placings at the Doomben meeting.

Doubtfilly added another black-type placing to her resume when she flashed home late for a close-up third in a listed Fillies and Mares Plate (1200m).

She was unlucky not to win the race, getting back from an awkward gate and copping a buffeting near the 600m before winding up late despite top-weight of 58.5kg.

Pretty Gully then finished third in the final race of the afternoon in a Class 6 (1350m).