Undefeated Colt Heading To 2YO Millions

Courtesy of www.kendrickracingstables.com.au

EXCITING colt Celestial Dragon will head into next month's $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) undefeated and a genuine chance after his impressive Doomben win.

The bargain-buy Hidden Dragon two-year-old made it two wins from two career starts with a sustained display of speed.

Celestial Dragon ($6), trained by Stuart Kendrick and ridden by Tim Bell, led all the way to beat Burleigh Bullet ($12) by one-and-a-quarter lengths in the Racing Retro Handicap (1110m) at Doomben on Saturday, December 21.

It followed his debut win over the same course and distance on a heavy track on November 30.

After that first victory, Bell suggested he hadn't really handled the heavy track and would be even better on top of the ground.

He was proven right on the good track and Bell believes he'll improve even more in the Magic Millions.

A $10,000 buy for Darby Racing, Celestial Dragon is now safely in the Magic Millions 2YO on January 11 after taking his career earnings to $112,000.

Those winnings are boosted by QTIS bonuses but $64,000 counts towards qualifying for the Gold Coast feature.

Celestial Dragon will be Darby Racing and Kendrick's first runner in the Magic Millions 2YO.

"Doubtfilly was an emergency in the race a couple of years ago and Avaladyluck ran in the 3YO Magic Millions Guineas last year,'' Kendrick said.

"He (Celestial Dragon) will be my first runner in the 2YO Classic and he looks a good chance,'' he said.

A couple of other Kendrick-trained gallopers also ran well at the Doomben meeting.

Avaladyluck ($8.50), which was resuming, jumped out of the ground late to just go down in a photo finish in the Skyracing.TV Class 6 (1010m).

She finished second, just failing to nab favourite Seeking More ($3.30) by the barest of margins.

Doubtfilly then flew late for a good placing in the feature race of the day, the listed Sky Racing Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m).

The $26 chance had to switch across heels when held up the straight and lost momentum before getting going again to grab third behind Love Rocks ($5) and Benny's Buttons ($9) in a sizzling race.

The winner broke 1 min 18 secs and was not far off the long-standing course record.