There was a huge buzz when it was announced that Sir Dragonet would be making the move down under to join the Maher and Eustace stable and after he took out the Cox Plate at the Valley you could certainly see why.

The horse racing industry globally took note of the change in stables and now all eyes are on Maher and Eustace again to see where Sir Dragonet will be heading this Autumn to try and gain more Group One spoils.

Caulfield played host to Sir Dragonet’s first appearance from the spelling paddock having a steady run in a jump out earlier in the week. The W.S Cox Plate winner wasn’t asked for much but cruised round at the back of the field easily sticking with the pack under hands and heels. 

“He’s come back, we think, a sharper horse and a very enthused horse as well,” Eustace said.

“I couldn’t be happier with him.

“He’s feeling very well in himself.”

Eustace said that Sir Dragonet had done much of his work behind the scenes already this prep having had a change from his usual Irish training camps. 

“He went to Fulmen Park for a break then he has been at Balnarring since he has been back,” Eustace said.

“The change-up in his training down on the beach is certainly having an effect on him.”

Sir Dragonet’s immediate target will most likely be the All Star Mile at Moonee Valley on the 13th March but Eustace indicated he’ll be heading for at least one more jump out before heading back to competitive racing. 

“He’ll definitely have another one, it might be next Thursday at Geelong, then he’ll kick off on the 20th of February,” Eustace said.

“That run will be either in Melbourne or Sydney.”

Sir Dragonet is currently $6 with TAB for the Australia Cup later in the Autumn.

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