Three-time Cox Plate winning jockey Glen Boss is confident he has the horse to scoop up a fourth, as he prepares to ride import Sir Dragonet in Saturday’s 2020 Cox Plate (2040m).
Sir Dragonet currently sits on the fourth line of betting at $8.50, behind local duo Russian Camelot ($3.80) and Arcadia Queen ($4.60), and also Aidan O’Brien’s Armory ($5.50).
Favourite Russian Camelot appeared to have the race at his mercy before his last start defeat to Arcadia Queen in the Caulfield Stakes (2000m), but the result has seemingly opened up the Cox Plate, with Boss labeling it “pretty open”, with Sir Dragonet able to match it with the local hopes.
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“They all are (beatable),” Boss said.
“He obviously has to bring his form, but if he can bring anywhere near his rating then he is going to be right in the race.
“It’s pretty open. You’d have to put him right up there.”
“I thought Arcadia Queen beat them all on their merits the other day. He (Russian Camelot) had the perfect run, he was one-one, he came out at the perfect time and if he was good enough, he wins,” Boss said.
“He was third-up, over-raced a little bit. I wouldn’t drop off him too quick, to be honest.
“You would be wary to drop off him because he is obviously a very high-class horse. He will be better fourth-up with the run under his belt.”
Boss hasn’t had the opportunity to sit on Sir Dragonet and will meet him for the first time on Cox Plate Day, but has been in constant contact with track rider James Winks about the talented stallion.
“From all reports he is doing very well in the quarantine,” he said.
“They’re the ones that run well, the ones that are thriving. He seems to be doing all the right things at the moment.
“I won’t see him until the day. I would have had a lot of phone calls and talked about him a lot by then.
“James Winks has been doing all of his work and I have been speaking to him regularly. He has given me a fairly good insight into him.”
Sir Dragonet is currently a $8.50 chance for the 2020 Cox Plate.