Shocking's Son Dragon Storm Adds Another 2-Miler

Mark Smith - Saturday November 27

A New Zealand Cup winner, by a Melbourne Cup winner, out of a dual Auckland Cup winner, who is a daughter of a three-time winner at the highest level in America, what’s not to like about Dragon Storm at two miles.

Dragon Storm leaves it late (image Grant Courtney)

After three poor performances since arriving in Australia, the Mike Moroney-trained son of Shocking was on his last chance in Saturday’s Listed Sandown Cup (3200m) before a one-way ticket back to New Zealand.

Ridden by Blaike McDougall, Dragon Storm denied the Matthew Smith-trained favourite Marvel by a short-half-head with his stablemate Sweet Thomas (Dylan Thomas) a length and a half away in third.

The winner of last year’s Group III New Zealand Cup, Dragon Storm advances his record to six two two from 29 starts with earnings of $306,469.

 “The owners, after today if he didn’t do anything, were going to take him back to New Zealand, but on that now they may stay here and have a crack at something like (the Bagot),” Maroney said.

“I saw him going easily, but not getting any luck at all. Then he switched to the outer - it was a good effort.

McDougall said he was confident of an improved performance at the distance.

“He’s proven at the trip obviously in New Zealand. He pulled a bit going to the gates,” McDougall said.

“I was given an open book which is great by Mike. I put him to sleep off a very moderate tempo but nearly left my run a bit too late.”

Dragon Storm (image Grant Courtney)

A $55,000 Karaka yearling, Dragon Storm made $150,000 to the bid of Kylin Horse Group from the Mana park draft at the 2016 NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs.

Bred by Joe Wallis, Dragon Storm is the best of three winners from four to race out of the dual Group 1 Auckland Cup winner and New Zealand Oaks runner-up Prized Lady (Prized).

Prize Lady is a daughter of the top-class mare Pen Bal lady whose eight wins included the Santa Barbara H., Gamely H., and Santa Ana H.

Stuart Hale & Co bought a sister to Dragon Storm for $35,000 from the Wentwood Grange draft at the 2021 NZB Karaka Yearling Sale.  



Race Result - Neds Sandown Cup LR 3200m

Caulfield Track: Good(4) Time: 3:25.82
Dragon Storm
T: M D Moroney J: B Mc Dougall 54
7g Shocking (AUS) x Prize Lady (NZ) (Prized (USA))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $150,000
V:Mana Park
B: Kylin Horse Group (NZ)
NZB Premier Yearling Sale $55,000
V:Wentwood Grange
B: Rider Horse NZ
True Marvel
T: Matthew Smith J: Damien Thornton 54
6g Masked Marvel (GB) x Anecdotique (FR) (Enrique (GB))
Sweet Thomas
T: Matthew Smith J: Craig Williams 58
10g Dylan Thomas (IRE) x Sworn Pro (GER) (Protektor (GER))
Dylan Thomas
Lion's Share
T: Steven Pateman J: D Moor 54
5m Animal Kingdom (USA) x Merge (AUS) (Commands (AUS))
Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Book 2 $50,000
V:Bucklee Farm, Greta West
B: J Barton
T: Andrew Homann J: C Newitt 54
8m Real Saga (AUS) x Kilspindie (AUS) (Danehill (USA))
Inglis 2019 January Monthly Online Sale $20,000
V:Clear Summer Lodge
Inglis 2019 SEPTEMBER (Early) Online Sale $800
V:Clear Summer Lodge
Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale $6,500
V:Damian White Bloodstock, Shepparton
B: Inglis As Agent
T: C J Waller J: B Prebble 54
6g Dubawi (IRE) x Vow (GB) (Motivator (GB))
Lady In The Sky
T: M D Moroney J: Zac Spain 54.5
5m Savabeel (AUS) x Include (NZ) (Gallant Guru (AUS))
NZB Karaka - Book 1 $230,000
V:White Robe Lodge
B: Paul Moroney Bloodstock
Into Rio
T: C F Hyland J: Beau Mertens 54
7g Zacinto (GB) x Mardi Gras (NZ) (Kaapstad (NZ))
NZB Ready To Run Sale of 2YOs $50,000
V:Windsor Park Stud
B: Ellerton Zahra Racing
T: Ms A Bennett J: Teodore Nugent 54
7g Pendragon (NZ) x Authoress (GB) (Singspiel (IRE))
Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale $11,000
V:Think Big Stud, Burradoo
B: E Batt
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