As a highly promising two-year-old colt who has shown nothing but impeccable form, we were over the moon to witness Dragon Leader finish with his head in front once again as he stepped up in company to land the Listed race at Redcar on Saturday (7th October).
The William Hill Two-Year-Old Trophy, held over six furlongs in a field of 10 runners, was set to be his most competitive conquest yet, particularly as we moved him up to his first Listed race. Breaking well and quickly positioned in close contention he ran prominently under Richard Kingscote, who was on board this horse for the first time. Starting to make his move from the halfway point, he neatly quickened and did all that was asked of him; rising to the challenge with plenty in the tank to stay on strongly and finish with a phenomenal three-length lead.
Making his debut earlier this season with three wins from three starts, followed by a very classy frame finish where he was second last time out at Doncaster, his introduction to racing has been a prevalent one. He has the ingredients for a very gifted racehorse; having already shown great consistency with speed and stamina, and a tremendous aptitude for sprinting along with a mature and driven approach to the game. He has campaigned beautifully so far, and after his 4½ length winning showcase at York amongst some talented yearlings in July, we knew we could be onto something special. His performances continue to go from strength to strength and it’s exciting to see his journey unfold. It’s been a real joy nurturing and developing his talent through training at home and watching this translate so poignantly out on the track, so we look forward to all that’s still to come for this talented horse. In addition, we are hugely delighted for his owning connections at Kennet Valley Racing for their continued success.