The St Leger is Sir Dragonet’s next target.
Trainer Aidan O’Brien expects Sir Dragonet to bounce back from last month’s disappointing showing at the Curragh during the St Leger on Saturday week (Sir Dragonet 7/2 – St Leger).
The three-year-old had been regarded as the heavy favourite to claim victory on Irish soil in the Royal Whip Stakes, but he failed to show his best form and had to settle for a fourth-place finish.
However, O’Brien was not too disappointed by Sir Dragonet’s showing at the Curragh and he believes the colt can rediscover his best form when he heads to Doncaster for the oldest of Britain’s five Classics.
“We have been very happy with him since the Curragh, so it will be exciting to see how he runs,” O’Brien was quoted as saying by the Racing Post.
“He’s had a break and the plan was always to go to the Curragh, we thought we’d start there. He was just ready to start and he got a little bit tired, which he was entitled to do. I was being very careful and very gentle with him. He’s a very decent horse.”
Like many of the entrants in the St Leger, Sir Dragonet will be making a step up in trip, but O’Brien is confident his charge can rise to the challenge.
“He’s never run over anything less than a mile and a half other than last time and we started him at a mile and a half, so there’s a good chance he will get the trip, but he’s not short of pace,” O’Brien added.
Jockey Ryan Moore is expected to saddle Sir Dragonet for the third time during the British Classic, with the colt’s main rival set to be the John Gosden-trained Logician (5/4), who was last seen recording an impressive victory in the Great Voltigeur at York.
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