Glen Boss rode Sir Dragonet to his second Group 1 title in Australia on Saturday after the 5 year old Stallion put on a commanding performance at Rosehill Gardens to win by 2 lengths over a strong Tancred Stakes field.
With such a convincing win connections with Sir Dragonet are now looking to muscle in on the action for the $4m Queen Elizabeth Stakes which had been billed as a two horse race between Verry Elleegant and UK visitor Addeyyb.
The QE Stakes was shaping up as the race of the Autumn with Addeyyb rolling Verry Elleegent 12 months ago and the Waller runner going on to claim 4 Group 1s since.
Last week we saw Verry Elleegant get revenge when defeating Addeyyb in the Ranvet and now with Sir Dragonet, who finished 4th last week, putting on a show it very much becomes a three horse race.
Jockey Glenn Boss appeared to be reading the minds of many when he was interviewed after Sir Dragonet’s latest success:
“It’s game on,’’ Boss said.
“Sir Dragonet was a weapon today, he’s a super horse.’’
Boss said it was a “different Sir Dragonet” who stepped onto Rosehill for the Tancred Stakes.
“He needed that run the other day,’’ he said.
“But he was up and about for this race, he was tighter – we just had to get this horse rock hard fit.
“I said to Ciaron this horse has a great engine and a great set of lungs but he was blowing after the Ranvet.
“When he came here last spring he was as tight as a drum, he looked like a hunted rabbit. When he is tight and ribbed up, that is when he is at his best – and he only going to get better from here.’’
Sir Dragonet became the first horse since champion Octagonal (1995-96) to complete the Cox Plate-Tancred Stakes double in the same season.
Sir Dragonet is currently a $10 chance on the fourth line of betting for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.