13/11/2020 Stud career beckons Cox Plate winner


Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet could be headed for a life at stud in time for the 2021 breeding season, but not before trying to add a couple more Group 1s to his already impressive resume.

A G3 winner and G1-placed in the UK before making his way to Australia for his successful spring campaign, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace-trained entire booked a lucrative stud career when he saluted in the 100th edition of Australasia's weight-for-age classic at The Valley.

"He won't go for a lengthy spell. Now he is a Group 1 weight-for-age winner he does have a value at stud so that may be an option for him come June July next year," Maher told the Moody on the Mic podcast, which is hosted by fellow trainer Peter Moody.

While a potential trip abroad for the Hong Kong Vase in December is still not entirely off the table, it is looking increasingly unlikely.

"Hong Kong is still on agenda. I put him in there just in case," he said.

"I am probably leaning toward not going but it is there as an option."

Adding to the unlikeliness of Sir Dragonet making the trip overseas is the fact he would likely need to do it sans Maher, who himself faces a lengthy spell in quarantine should he escort the five-year-old.

"I just heard that if I was to go over there, I would have to do two-week quarantine over there and then even after the two weeks I could only go from the hotel room to the course (and then) back to the hotel room," he said.

"Then have to do another two weeks when I got back, so that all sounds like a lot of depression to me so that has put a lot of negative doubt on it."

The likely path instead is for Sir Dragonet to head toward two autumn Group 1s, one in each of Melbourne and Sydney, ahead of life away from the racetrack.

"He will have a couple of easy weeks. He will stay in work ticking over, he will go to Australian Cup, Queen Elizabeth and you never know, he may be looking to get some back underneath him (breeding career) after that," Maher said.


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