Coolmore Stud’s four time G1 winning stallion Camelot, whose promising daughter Dazzling Sun is a runner in today’s G2 Western Cape Fillies Championship, dominated the finish to Saturday’s G1 Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) with sons Sir Dragonet and Russian Camelot finishing first and third respectively.
Favourite for the 2019 Investec Derby after landing the G3 Chester Vase in impressive fashion, Sir Dragonet picked up his elusive first G1 success when he triumphed in Saturday’s race-the 100th running of the Cox Plate.
In a race decided on testing ground because of rain, winning jockey Glen Boss guided Sir Dragonet — purchased from Europe with the specific aim of winning the Cox Plate — to the front 100 metres from the winning post to beat home Armory by one-and-a-quarter lengths in the $5 million race.
It was a fourth Cox Plate win for Boss, who picked up the mount after rider Hugh Bowman was suspended. He said, ” feel sorry for Hughie. Sorry, mate, I got the call-up, and, you know, Hughie was part of that.”
Sir Dragonet raced out of Aidan O’Brien’s all-conquering Irish stable until a mid-year sale to the Australian operation of Ciaron Maher (pictured right with Cox Plate trophy) and David Eustace.
The four-year-old Sir Dragonet had shown his class when finishing second earlier in the year in the G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup, when only outstanding racemare Magical (a full-sister to the Bush Hill Stud based Flying The Flag) proved his superior.
One of 33 stakes winners for his sire (Sir Dragonet is the 6th G1 winner for Camelot), the 2020 Cox Plate winner, whose potential stud value shot up sky high after Saturday’s big win, was produced by the winning Oasis Dream mare Sparrow, who ran third in the G3 Ballyogan Stakes.
Sir Dragonet’s granddam All Too Beautiful ran second in the 2004 Investec Oaks and she is a full-sister to the world’s premier sire Galileo (represented in South Africa by sire sons Flying The Flag, Global View and The United States), and half-sister to outstanding racehorse and sire Sea The Stars.
Inbred to the mighty Sadler’s Wells, Sir Dragonet’s third dam is Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner and broodmare extraordinaire Urban Sea.
Dazzling Sun is not the only smart performer representing Camelot in South Africa, with the dual Derby-winning son of Montjeu also sire of impressive recent Michaelmas Handicap winner Crown Towers.