Numerian humbles Sir Dragonet just before Irish racing is cancelled

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Numerian humbles Sir Dragonet just before Irish racing is cancelled

Friday, March 27, 2020

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Sir Dragonet could only finish second on his comeback behind impressive winner Numerian in the Devoy Stakes at Naas on Monday last just before racing in Ireland was cancelled.

Sent off favourite for the Investec Derby at Epsom in June, having impressed hugely in the Chester Vase, Sir Dragonet was beaten less than a length behind stablemate Anthony Van Dyck in the blue riband, after being supplemented following his effort on the Roodee.

He went on to finish fourth in the St Leger behind Logician and despite dropping half a mile in trip for his return to action, he was still expected to get his season off to a winning start as the 8-15 favourite.

Everything appeared to be going according to plan for Seamie Heffernan with two furlongs to run as he moved into contention, but while Declan McDonogh was briefly short of room on Numerian, once in the clear Joseph O'Brien's four-year-old shot past went on to win by two and three-quarter lengths.

O'Brien's representative Brendan Powell said of the 15-2 winner: “It was a nice performance, he did it well. Declan said he was a little bit on it early on, but they quickened up a long way out and he just sat and waited.

“He stays well and he's tough. He seems to have improved again and he's a fine big horse. I wouldn't have said it was his ideal ground, but he galloped away and seems to go on most ground.

“It was a nice performance first time out and you'd think he can only improve from it. I think he'll improve in every way and hopefully he could turn into a nice group horse. He looks the finished article this year compared to last year.”

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