Mossman sprinter Dothraki will embark on a interstate stakes campaign after shouldering 60kg to victory in the Cellarbrations Hcp (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
Trainer Gerald Ryan admitted Dothraki had been a frustrating galloper until this season. “He does things in trackwork that others can’t – he was the only horse that could keep up with Snitzerland of a morning,” Ryan said. “But he didn’t put it together on race day until we had him gelded after the last Brisbane winter carnival.”
Dothraki (4g Mossman – Volantis by Flying Spur) unleashed a brilliant sprint to make it 4 wins in 16 starts on Saturday. He will now be set for the LR Starlight Stakes and then Ryan will decided whether to stay in Sydney for the LR Razor Sharp Stakes or head north for the G3 George Moore Stakes in Brisbane.
“I did say this time last year he could win the Stradbroke as a three-year-old. Now I think he could be an Oakleigh Plate horse in the autumn.”
Dothraki has always been rated highly by Ryan and jockeys like Glyn Schofield after winning as a December 2yo at Canterbury. “Glyn maintained he could be one of the best he’s ever ridden,” Ryan said. “He can let down better than most horses – he just needs to be held up and then given one run at them.”
The gelding is one of 31 global stakes winners by Vinery sire Mossman and is raced by Triple Crown Syndications after making $45,000 from Baramul Stud at the 2012 Magic Millions National Sale. He is from a winning half-sister to Simonstad (G3 VRC Rupert Steele Stakes).
Triple Crown managers Chris and Michael Ward have also forged a successful link with Vinery sire Myboycharlie through G1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Peggy Jean and G2 Danehill Stakes winner Charlie Boy.