Sir Dragonet, Glen Boss Jockey, Tiger Moth und Anthony Van Dyck

Sir Dragonet, Glen Boss Jockey, Tiger Moth und Anthony Van Dyck
Sir Dragonet, Glen Boss Jockey, Tiger Moth und Anthony Van Dyck

Glen Boss is confident that Sir Dragonet can be the horse to bring him his fourth Melbourne Cup win, but he’s cautious with an Aidan O’Brien runner at the head of the weights.

Sir Dragonet has established himself as the second favorite for the trophy after defeating Armory in the Cox Plate from $ 34 to $ 8.50 (TAB).

Tiger Moth remains the $ 6 favorite, but it is his O’Brien stablemate, Anthony Van Dyck, who Boss believes will be Sir Dragonet’s toughest opposition.

“I thought he was excellent in the Caulfield Cup,” Boss told RSN on Monday.

“I know he’s heavy, but I have a lot of respect for him and I’m pretty confident that he will be the horse to beat.”

Sir Dragonet, who was also trained by O’Brien before joining Ciaron Maher and David Eustace camp in the spring, has crossed with Anthony Van Dyck at the races.

The meeting took place at the beginning of Sir Dragonet’s career in the Derby Stakes (2420 m) at Epsom Downs.

He started the race as a favorite after two wins to start his career, including an eight romp in the Chester Vase Stakes, but had to settle for fifth place behind Anthony Van Dyck.

The Cox Plate was Sir Dragonet’s first win since the Chester Vase, but traveled to Australia after four runners-up in Ireland and England this season.

Boss said the way Sir Dragonet pulled up after following the Cox record gave him the confidence to go to Flemington.

“I look for these signs all the time, when I am horses, for their recovery. You can feel your heart coming through the saddle. You can feel your lungs really burst with every breath, and I just didn’t get that about this guy, ”said Boss.

“I said to Ciaron after the race, ‘Look at that damn thing, it doesn’t even breathe’. Not a single nostril flared up so obviously he has massive aerobic capacity to handle it.

“That gives you a lot of confidence because he’s a very relaxed animal. We can see what he is capable of now.

“I think we’ve only just seen the tip of the iceberg with this horse, he’s very good.”

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Maher echoed Boss’ views: “He’s a pretty relaxed horse and that’s obviously the key when you are two miles.

“Probably the biggest thing I noticed on Saturday was his recovery. When he was back to scale and we took the photos with him on the track, he was completely recovered.

“He has this big engine and really good lungs and is obviously very fit. He ticks a lot of boxes that point towards the cup. ”

Sir Dragonet will carry 55.5 kg in the Melbourne Cup, Anthony Van Dyck with a top weight of 58.5 kg.

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