Vale, Sir Dragonet

Media Release - Friday October 15

The Moonee Valley Racing Club (MVRC) is deeply saddened to report that reigning Ladbrokes Cox Plate champion Sir Dragonet sustained a fatal injury in trackwork at The Valley this morning whilst training for his title defence.

Sir Dragonet received veterinary care on-course, however the decision was made to humanely euthanise the horse due to the nature of the injury sustained.

Cox Plate hero Sir Dragonet suffered a fatal injury at trackwork this morning.

Our hearts go out to trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, their stable staff and Sir Dragonet’s owners who are all devastated at the loss of a much loved horse.


Formerly trained in Ireland, Sir Dragonet came to Australia in the Spring of 2020 and won Ladbrokes Cox Plate 100, giving Hall of Fame jockey Glen Boss his fourth win in the race.

He then ran a terrific sixth placing in last year’s Melbourne Cup, before returning with more Group 1 success in the Autumn, where he was a dominant victor of the Tancred Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.

He gave trainers Ciaron Maher and David Eustace their first win in the Ladbrokes Cox Plate and he will forever hold a special place in the hearts of all those who were involved with him.

Sir Dragonet will be remembered as a champion thoroughbred who won the 100th running of the W.S. Cox Plate, a victory that ensures his place in history.

The below statement was made by Ciaron Maher Racing:  

We’re heartbroken to announce that Sir Dragonet has broken down during a piece of work at Moonee Valley this morning and was euthanized on course.

In the year that the Dragon has been in our care, he has won our hearts with his exploits both on and off the track.

Our condolences go out to his owners, connections and all who cared for this wonderful horse.

It has left a hole in our hearts but we’re forever thankful for our time with him and he will forever remain a Cox Plate champion.

Rest easy Dragon.

MVRC Release

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