Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet’s campaign could continue on to Hong Kong for a race at next month’s lucrative Hong Kong International Races at Sha Tin.
Sir Dragonet won the Cox Plate at his first run for Caulfield trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace before an honest sixth to Twilight Payment in the Melbourne Cup.
Eustace said Sir Dragonet took no harm from the gruelling Melbourne Cup but connections needed to make sure the logistics of a crack at the Hong Kong Vase would suit the five-year-old.
Eustace said Sir Dragonet’s plans would be decided this week. Sir Dragonet is not among the early entries for the Hong Kong Vase but the Hong Kong Jockey Club could invite the stallion to compete at their famous international raceday.
“He needs to be invited to Hong Kong and we’re fairly happy with how he’s come through the Cup,” Eustace said.
“It’s still early days off the back of two quick runs and you have to make the call regarding quarantine and those types of things.
“I suppose this week we’ll work it out.”
Sir Dragonet under Glen Boss heading to the start before the Melbourne Cup. Photo: Brett Holburt/Racing Photos via Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Irrespective of whether Sir Dragonet travels to Hong Kong, Eustace said the Queen Elizabeth Stakes would be the son of Camelot’s main Sydney autumn target.
“Hong Kong is a possibility for the Vase and then the autumn races in Sydney will be perfect for him,” Eustace said.
“You would think the Queen Elizabeth (Stakes) would be tailor made for him over 10 furlongs on soft ground.
“That will be his main target in the autumn.”
Sir Dragonet could be set for a rematch with Cox Plate runner-up Armory in the Hong Kong Vase as the Irish galloper is one of five remaining entries for the Aidan O’Brien stable, including star mare Magical and Melbourne Cup runner-up Tiger Moth.
Eustace said he and Maher would run Etah James in Saturday’s Sandown Cup (3200m) after the mare struggled into 17th place in the Melbourne Cup.
Melbourne Cup fourth-placegetter Persan is still in the stable but is in the early throes of a break.
“He’s still in the stable and walking around but he’ll go to the paddock for a couple of weeks before we get him moving again,” Eustace said.
“He’ll have a long break from racing but we’ll keep him engaged on the water walker and other things.”
Originally published asDragon could hit Hong Kong
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