• Ian Ender


Congratulations to the connections The Golden Cuckoo, whose fast improving four year old gelding won with something to spare at Newcastle on Monday afternoon. Robert Havlin who was having his first ride for us made light of the tricky 11 stall, by sitting to the outside in midfield off a steady pace, as they swung in to the straight it was evident that the horse was travelling, and was still on the bridle two out. When asked to go and win his race, the response was instant, and there was still a quite a bit left in the tank at the line.

This was his second win at the track from his last three starts, and his first attempt at 10 furlongs. Any doubt about stamina issues have been put to bed, and if sent hurdling at a later date, staying two miles will not be a problem judged on this.

This article appeared on Micky's website back in May.

DRAGONS WILL RISE. 02 April 2016. Dragon Pulse-Jaldini Owner-The Golden Cuckoo.

Dragons Will Rise has taken a lot longer to come to hand, and also for the penny to drop, than expected.He was the yards last winner before racing's lock down was put in place, wining at Newcastle on March 10th, with the promise of much more to come.He is by the high class miler Dragon Pulse, out of an unraced Darshaan mare, making him a half brother to the four times listed winner Jalmira, who achieved a Racing Post Rating of 109.

Dragons Will Rise didn't make his juvenile debut until August 2018 at Redcar, where he ran very green,only beating two home, under Michael Stainton. Badly in need of experience, he made a quick reappearance at Pontefract a week later, this time finishing eight of the nine runners.On his third start at Catterick, in September, he finished forth of the seven, showing a little more on that occasion, and earning a handicap mark of 59.His final run as a two year old was in a Redcar nursery, but he lost the race at the start, by leaving the stalls very slowly.

He returned for the start of his three year old career, over a mile at Wetherby, in April 2019, once again he was very sluggish from the stalls.At the same track a month later, he got within five lengths of the winner, finishing sixth of the 13.He raced twice more on the flat, unfortunately making no show on both occasions

Dragons Will Rise made his hurdles debut at Catterick in November,with stamina always being the big issue, he was never in contention, but as he gets older, and gains more experience, he may have another crack at it, at a later date.

He made his all weather debut at Newcastle in February, and for the first time in his career, looked like he was capable of winning a race.He was beaten a length in to third place over a mile, under Graham Lee, after being denied a clear run, but staying on strongly, and 11 days later, over the same course and distance, he picked up willingly when asked by champion all weather jockey Ben Curtis, to win by half a length.

That is one of the fascinations of horse racing, because once a horse starts to improve, you never know how far it might take you.

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