Cox Plate on but Melbourne Cup only maybe for Sir Dragonet

Import Sir Dragonet is on the second line of Cox Plate betting but the lightly raced stallion can expect a couple of decent workouts at Werribee before tackling The Valley’s greatest race.

Australian connections, led by prominent Melbourne owner Ozzie Kheir, bought Sir Dragonet after the five-year-old won twice and placed another four times for the Aidan O’Brien stable.

Sir Dragonet finished 2¼ lengths from the O’Brien-trained star Magical at his last outing in the Group 1 Tattersalls’ Gold Cup (2000m) in Ireland in July.

That effort led to TAB posting Sir Dragonet on the second line of Cox Plate betting at $11 behind the $3.20 favourite Russian Camelot. Both horses are by the dual Derby winner Camelot.

Co-trainer David Eustace said Sir Dragonet arrived in Melbourne with a good fitness base after his father and brother, trainers Harry and James Eustace, looked after the horse while in quarantine in England.

Melbourne businessman Ozzie Kheir formed a syndicate to buy Sir Dragonet to race in the Cox Plate. Picture: Supplied ResimaxSource:Supplied

“He’s been over with them about a month,” Eustace, who will train Sir Dragonet in partnership with Ciaron Maher, said.

“They’ve had him in quarantine and they’ve said there’s definitely room for improvement there.

“He’ll have a strong piece of work next Saturday I would think and then another one going into the Cox Plate.

“He’s arrived with a very good base as he’s been racing all throughout the season. He’s a fit horse but he’s a horse who looks like he thrives off solid work.”

While Sir Dragonet is high in Cox Plate betting, he’s a $26 chance in the latest Melbourne Cup market.

Eustace said the team had not decided whether Sir Dragonet would head to the Melbourne Cup.

“The Cox Plate is the target for him,” Eustace said.

“We’ll focus on the Cox Plate with him and if he bounces through that, we can consider the Melbourne Cup.

“We’ll let that play out.”

Originally published asDragonet eyes Aussie jewel after Cox Playe assault

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