Heavily-backed late in betting, imported galloper Sir Dragonet has taken out the 2020 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in Victoria ahead of Armory and race favourite Russian Camelot.
Sir Dragonet was the subject of sensational late backing, firming from $11 into $7 to share second-favouritism with Arcadia Queen.
In a solidly-run affair, it was three-year-old colt Grandslam who set the pace, with Probabeel and Russian Camelot settling second and third respectively.
With the leader hitting the brick wall a long way from home, Russian Camelot found himself sharing the lead with Probabeel at the top of the straight as runners fanned wide around the home turn in true Cox Plate style.
Always a rider for the big stage, Glen Boss sliced between Russian Camelot and Armory to dash to the lead on Sir Dragonet at the 100m.
Armory battled on well to grab second but was simply no match for the Maher and Eustace acquisition.
The progressive Mugatoo worked home nicely for fourth, just ahead of Arcadia Queen who played up pre-race and encountered traffic issues in the run.
|1||7||SIR DRAGONET (IRE)||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Glen Boss||7||59kg||$7.50|
|2||12||ARMORY (IRE)||Aidan O’Brien||Ben Melham||1.25L||6||56.5kg||$7.50|
|3||11||RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE)||Danny O’Brien||Damien Oliver||2L||15||56.5kg||$3.50F|
|4||5||MUGATOO (IRE)||Kris Lees||John Allen||3.5L||9||59kg||$26|
|5||9||ARCADIA QUEEN||Grant & Alana Williams||William Pike||3.8L||8||57kg||$7|
|6||3||FIERCE IMPACT (JPN)||Matthew Smith||Luke Currie||4.3L||12||59kg||$21|
|7||13||PROBABEEL (NZ)||Jamie Richards||Kerrin McEvoy||4.5L||2||55.5kg||$10|
|8||4||MASTER OF WINE (GER)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Michael Rodd||9L||1||59kg||$31|
|9||10||NETTOYER||Wendy Roche||Billy Egan||9.4L||13||57kg||$101|
|10||15e||BUCKHURST (IRE)||Joseph O’Brien||Jamie Kah||9.5L||11||59kg||$26|
|11||6||ASPETAR (FR)||Roger Charlton||Damian Lane||12.25L||3||59kg||$21|
|12||2||HUMIDOR (NZ)||Chris Waller||Craig Williams||12.75L||14||59kg||$21|
|13||1||KOLDING (NZ)||Chris Waller||James McDonald||14.5L||10||59kg||$16|
|14||14||GRANDSLAM||Ciaron Maher & David Eustace||Jye McNeil||14.6L||5||49.5kg||$31|