Sir Dragonet will debut for Camp Ciaron Maher and David Eustace after Camelot’s son was sold for an undisclosed sum from the Coolmore team in Ireland.
Sir Dragonet has won two of his nine starts but has been competitive at Group 1 level for the past 12 months in England and Ireland, finishing second after Star Star Magical in the Gold Cup (10f) on his last run on July 26th of Group 1 Tattersall.
Recently retired jockey James Winks looked after Sir Dragonet during his stay in Werribee and rode Camelot’s son before continuing to work the stallion at his new Caulfield base.
The jockey who won Group 1 said Sir Dragonet may not have the sharp sprint of some of his rivals, but his ability to gallop at his front for a long period of time will make it difficult for him to compete in a heavily run Cox plate late to claim.
“He lacks that twist of the foot, that explosive twist of the foot, but he can sustain a gallop for a long time,” said Winks.
“That’s probably why he’s so good.
“But at the same time he still has to come and do it on Australian soil.
“I don’t know if it’s his turn, but I know one thing: he’ll be strong late.”
Sir Dragonet (IRL) was ridden by James Winks during track work at Moonee Valley Racecourse last Saturday. Photo: Scott Barbour / Race Photos via Getty Images.
Winks said Sir Dragonet’s ability to survive long term would be an asset to Cox Plate jockey Glen Boss.
He said Boss could put pressure on his rivals from afar, which could leave something to be desired by the end of the $ 5 million event.
“Glen Boss is on and won three Cox plates so he knows what he’s doing,” said Winks.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if they kept a steady pace at Cox Plate that he got him into the race sooner rather than later.
“That’s why Bossy is such a good rider at big races that he sums it up and rides the horse as he comes out of the machines (barriers).”
Winks said that Boss may have to go to Sir Dragonet early, fearing there won’t be much early pace in the 100th Cox record.
“Aside from the three-year-old and Probabeel, there isn’t a lot of obvious pace in the race,” said Winks.
Sir Dragonet galloped in the valley on Tuesday morning. Winks said the five-year-old had no problem getting around the narrow track.
TAB cut Sir Dragonet’s offering on Cox Plate betting from $ 9 to $ 13 this week.
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