Dothraki continues to rake in Stakes money
THE achievements of Dothraki should never be understated. After yet another placing at Stakes level the six-year-old has taken his career earnings to almost $1.15 million. He’s a money spinner that any one of us wouldn’t mind being a part of!
The son of Mossman delivered another exceptional display at the Brisbane Carnival, narrowly losing out to Deploy in the Group 2 Moreton Stakes, adding a further $35,000 in prizemoney to his already hefty accumulation of wealth. And, while he is a horse where one can wonder what might have been, as he evoked memories of his neck-second run in the Group 1 BTC Cup last year, he is also a horse that has defied the odds on numerous occasions throughout his career.
A June purchase from the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale for just $45,000, Dothraki emerged as a pre-Christmas two-year-old and Golden Slipper contender, showing a tremendous aptitude that he still displays today, defying his age in the face of younger legs.
A winner of four races at Stakes level – and placed a further 15 times – Dothraki has been competing at the very top of Australian racing his whole career.
Changes to the venue and race distance saw Dothraki thrusted into the action up north quicker than may have been anticipated after his trial performance on May 26, yet he took it all in his stride and delivered a near-Stakes winning performance under Hugh Bowman on Saturday, doing us all proud yet again.
The frustration was clear in co-trainer Paul Snowden, however the evergreen warrior will now press on towards his next target, the Group 3 WJ Healy Stakes over 1200m on June 24, a race he won in 2015 on the Gold Coast.
“He was good,” said Snowden. “I know it’s disappointing not to get the job done again but we can look at it the other way in that he’s still running extremely competitively and earning money for his owners.
“We’re going to press on towards the Healy. We’ve pulled up a shandy short again but he’s a grand old horse and he’s sound. He has plenty left to offer yet.”
We’d all love a horse like Dothraki!