Sir Dragonet winning the Cox Plate (Image: Racing Photos)
Glen Boss won his fourth Cox Plate on Saturday as Sir Dragonet denied former stablemate Armory in Saturday's $5 million feature at The Valley.
Last year's beaten English Derby favourite Sir Dragonet, now trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, had 1.25 lengths to spare on the Aidan O'Brien-trained Armory.
The Danny O'Brien-trained Russian Camelot finished third, with Arcadia Queen, who clipped the heels of fourth-placed Mugatoo midway through the race, the highest-placed Australian-bred finisher in fifth.
Below are comments from all the jockeys who rode in the centenary Cox Plate.
WON: Sir Dragonet ($7.50), ridden by Glen Boss
"He was there for me. Every time I moved my ‘pinkie' he was waiting for me to ask him for a real command and I just knew that all I had to do was ask him when I got clean air. The run came and he was very strong to the line."
2ND: Armory ($7.50), ridden by Ben Melham
"He was good. He just struggled in the ground and I had to keep him wide on the fresh ground. Just got beaten by a better one on the day. He had his chance."
3RD: Russian Camelot ($3.50 favourite), by Damien Oliver
"Great effort. He ran really good. Got into a nice position. Was probably a little close to a strong speed from the barrier but we did as well as we could. He was super brave even when the first two came to him. He fought it out really well."
4TH: Mugatoo ($26), ridden by John Allen
"He's gone super. Tried to get a bit of cover early so he'd done it the tough way. Didn't get around the home bend great but he battled on good."
5TH: Arcadia Queen ($7), ridden by Willie Pike
"It was a sound effort."
6TH: Fierce Impact ($21), ridden by Luke Currie
"Went back from the draw. He got a good run through them but he was on empty late."
7TH: Probabeel ($10), ridden by Kerrin McEvoy
"The ground went against her. She tried very hard but she found it tough over that last furlong in the ground."
WATCH: Sir Dragonet's win
8TH: Master of Wine ($31), ridden by Michael Rodd
"He ran his race a bit upside down. He was very keen early wanting to charge up behind them. He had no right to finish where he did and they sprinted and left him and then he came home late. He's still a work in progress, the horse."
9TH: Nettoyer ($101), ridden by Billy Egan
"She worked to the line nicely. She went alright for her in that grade."
10TH: Buckhurst ($26), ridden by Jamie Kah
"He was disappointing. He was very dour today."
11TH: Aspetar ($21), ridden by Damian Lane
"Didn't handle the track or the condition or the circuit."
12TH: Humidor ($21), ridden by Craig Williams
"He followed the winner up through the race but he dipped and dived from the 1200 (metre mark) onwards, even though he was in the same ground as the winner, he just didn't enjoy it today."
13TH: Kolding ($16), ridden by James McDonald
"He doesn't go this way around. Simple."
LAST: Grandslam ($31), ridden by Jye McNeil
"Not to be today."