Dragon Leap opens account in style29 Oct 2019

Dragon Leap stamped himself as a horse in the making following his authoritative win in the $10,000 Melbourne Cup at Te Rapa (Maiden) over 1400 metres on Monday.

The son of Pierro was racing for the first time, but there was confidence in the Wexford stable, the expensive yearling purchase was above average and he proved that with an impressive performance to grab race favourite Soft Hearted at the winning post. Captive was two lengths back in third.

“He’s shown us a lot at home and his trials have been quite good too,” Craig Grylls said.
“His work coming into today, we were pretty confident and he showed he has the goods.”
“He’s a big horse with a big stride and only time will tell. He has such a good attitude, such a relaxed horse and takes everything in his stride, Grylls said.

Dragon Leap’s winning time was 1:23.47 (last 600m in 34.74) on a Dead4 track.

“We did like his chances as his work has been very good, but he is bred to run a trip so we thought whatever he does today, the further he goes the better he will get,” co-trainer Lance O’Sullivan said.
“If he is good enough, he could go up to Hong Kong and maybe one day run in a Derby as that was what he was bought for. That was a good way to start today but he still has a long way to go.”
“The owners (Hermitage Thoroughbreds) have been very patient with this horse and in fact, any horse we have been able to purchase for them, they give us a free reign so we are indebted to them as they are fabulous owners and hopefully, they will be rewarded for it long-term,” O’Sullivan said.
“Once we get this guy up running a trip in those three-year-old races could be his target as he was certainly purchased to run in a Derby.”

Hermitage Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd / Wexford Stables / Andrew Williams Bloodstock purchased Dragon Leap for A$1,050,000 at the 2018 Australian Easter Yearling Sale from Coolmore Stud, Jerrys Plains draft and is raced by Hong Kong couple Eugene and Karen Chuang under their Hermitage Thoroughbreds banner.