Glen Boss is confident Sir Dragonet can be the horse to land him his fourth win in the Melbourne Cup, but he’s wary of an Aidan O’Brien runner at the top of the weights.
Sir Dragonet has firmed from $34 into $8.50 (TAB) second favourite for the Cup following his win over Armory in the Cox Plate.
Tiger Moth remains the $6 favourite, but it’s his O’Brien stablemate Anthony Van Dyck who Boss believes will be Sir Dragonet’s stiffest opposition.
“I thought he was outstanding in the Caulfield Cup,” Boss told RSN on Monday.
“I know he’s got a big weight, but I’ve got a lot of respect for him and I’m pretty confident he’s going to be the horse to beat.”
Sir Dragonet, who was also trained by O’Brien before joining the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace camp this spring, has crossed paths with Anthony Van Dyck once before at the races.
The meeting came early in Sir Dragonet’s career in the Derby Stakes (2420m) at Epsom Downs.
He started the race as favourite on the back of two wins to start his career including an eight-length romp in the Chester Vase Stakes, but had to settle for fifth behind Anthony Van Dyck.
Glen Boss aboard Sir Dragonet.Source:Getty Images
The Cox Plate was Sir Dragonet’s first win since the Chester Vase, however he did head to Australia after four straight runner-up efforts in Ireland and England this season.
Boss said the way Sir Dragonet pulled up after following the Cox Plate had given him confidence heading to Flemington.
“I look for those signs all the time when I’m horses, their recovery. You can feel their heart coming through the saddle. You can feel their lungs really bursting underneath with every breath they take and I simply didn’t get that with this bloke,” Boss said.
“I said to Ciaron after the race, ‘have a look at this damn thing, it’s not even breathing’. Not one nostril was even flaring, so he’s obviously got a massive aerobic capacity to deal with that.
“That gives you a lot of confidence going forward because he is a very relaxed animal, we can see what he is capable of now.
“I’m of the opinion we’ve only just seen the tip of the iceberg with this horse, he’s very good.”
Sir Dragonet ridden by Glen Boss wins the Ladbrokes Cox Plate.Source:Getty Images
Maher echoed the sentiments of Boss: “He’s quite a relaxed horse and that’s obviously key when you’re going to two miles.
“Probably the biggest thing I noticed on Saturday was his recovery. When he got back to scale and we were taking the photos with him out on the track, he was completely recovered.
“He’s got that big engine and a really good set of lungs and obviously very fit. He ticks a lot of boxes going towards the Cup.”
Sir Dragonet will carry 55.5kg in the Melbourne Cup with Anthony Van Dyck carrying topweight of 58.5kg.
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