Dragonbite finally shrugs his maiden tag

12 / 07 / 2017 Article by: Peter Staples

Dragonbite (Brendon McCoull) powers down the outside rail to overhaul Gee Gees Liberty over the concluding stages. icon Click to enlarge

BRIGHTON trainer John Luttrell is hoping former Victorian galloper Dragonbite can go on with it now that he has finally broken his maiden status.

Dragonbite delivered the desired result for Luttrell at Luxbet Park last Sunday when he came from well back to score a solid win over Purple Rider and Gee Gees Liberty in the Crown Lager Maiden over 1200 metres.

The gelded son of Town of Dragon had been working up to a win but the trainer said it was the ride of Brendon McCoull that finally removed the horse’s maiden tag.

“It was a 10 out of 10 ride from Brendon (McCoull) and it was great for the owner Gordon Boon who hasn’t been in the best of health lately – the win really gave him a kick along,” Luttrell said.

“The horse deserved to break because he hadn’t been far away from them at his three previous starts this time in.

“Now that he’s won his maiden I expect him to keep improving as I step him up in distance and we’ll see how he handles going to 1400 metres next start.”

Luttrell said Dragonbite pulled up well from this latest assignment and will head to a class one handicap (1400m) in Hobart on Sunday week, although Luttrell isn’t sure who will partner the four-year-old.

“I spoke to Brendon (McCoull) at the trials in Hobart yesterday (Tuesday) and he said he wasn’t sure if he would be riding at the next Hobart meeting but if he is then I’d like to have him aboard.”

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