Champion jockey Glen Boss says the Queen Elizabeth Stakes opposition will know Sir Dragonet is there

Glen Boss has issued a strong endorsement for Sir Dragonet, as the Cox Plate winner looks to spoil the coronation of Verry Elleegant and Addeybb in the Group 1 $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The champion jockey welcomed the market leaders dominating the build-up to the weight-for-age climax of The Championships, but Sir Dragonet is anything but running for third.

Sir Dragonet has trained on brilliantly since winning the Group 1 Tancred Stakes (2400m) last start, with Boss joining trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace in spoiling for an upset.

“They'll know he’s there,” Boss said.

“He's doing everything right … his headspace is good, feels super competitive.”

Maher goes into the race just as confident, with the stable chasing a third Sydney Group 1 in as many Saturdays after Sir Dragonet (Tancred) and Explosive Jack (ATC Derby).

“We couldn't be happier with him,” Maher said.

“He takes a fair bit of work (to get fit) as an older stallion, with a really good constitution that handles work and racing so easily, so he requires quite a bit of it (work) to be in the right frame of mind.

“I’m very much looking forward to it … he’s done all that’s been asked of him.”

Boss said Verry Elleegant is the horse to beat on recent form and credentials, so timing the run on Sir Dragonet to avoid a match race in the straight will be of utmost importance.

The stars converge on Royal Randwick for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes….

The stars converge on Royal Randwick for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

“Timing is of the essence,” Boss said.

“If you're in a position to beat her, you’ve got to make sure you time it right.

“You don't want to get to her 150 or 200 metres out and eyeballing her because it’s inevitable she might come out on top.

“She refuses to lay down … an absolute warrior.

“You think you've got the best of her but she seems to pull off something extra to stay in front, it is an incredible trait she’s got.”

Dropping back from 2400m to 2000m is of no concern to Boss either, adamant the Tancred topped off the five-year-old son of Camelot.

“In the last month he’s really hit his straps,” Boss said.

“He not a fresh horse, he's got to be really fit, some horses like to be really fresh, he’s the opposite, he needs to be really tight.”

Boss expects the hype around the race to come to fruition, with Sir Dragonet and Mugatoo, a Group 1 horse in the making, ready to serve it up to Verry Elleegant and Addeyyb.

“Sometimes you build these ones up and they don't quite live up to the expectation,” Boss said.

“I've got a feeling it’s going to be a great contest.

“The main three are all peaking at the right time, they've got three riders who are very confident at the moment, so I’m hoping we get a really, really exciting finish.”

Addeybb has eased slightly, from $2.80 to $3.10, amid concerns about the Good 4 track being too firm for the import and reigning Queen Elizabeth champion.

Verry Elleegant has tightened, $2.60 to $2.40, while Sir Dragonet remains a solid $6.50 third elect.

Originally published asEnter the Dragon: ‘They’ll know he’s there’

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