Gold Symphony and Dothraki in eyecatching trials
GROUP-RACE winners Gold Symphony and Dothraki returned to the public sphere with each posting solid trials on their return from spells at Canterbury on Friday morning.
Dothraki, a four-time Stakes winner and Golden Slipper runner in his juvenile year, was sharp out of the gates in his 900m trial, and the baldy-faced son of Mossman hit the line well under a hold from jockey Blake Shinn.
The now seven-year-old will be targeted at the $1 Million Magic Millions Sprint in January, and co-trainer Paul Snowden was delighted with what he saw at Canterbury.
“He was out there this morning for just a little blowout,” said Snowden.
“Blake kept him well in hand and we’ve got plenty of time with him with the intention of getting him up to Queensland.
“He trialed terrific, gave a great feel and was nice and cozy in what he did this morning.
“He’s right on track.”
Meanwhile, dual Group 3 winner Gold Symphony tracked the leaders in nicely under Josh Adams in heat 5 at Canterbury on his return after claiming the Listed Civic Stakes in his last preparation.
He’s another who will be Queensland bound this summer, with a strong series of races available to the leading son of Reward For Effort.
“He was very good today,” said Snowden. “We wanted to see where he was at fitness wise.
“There are options for him up in Queensland this summer with a good series of races and from what we’ve seen today he’ll be most likely kicking off his campaign up there shortly.”
Also at the trials on Friday was consistent performer Secret Trail, who looked sharp in finishing second behind runaway leader and Group 3 winner Chetwood in Heat 4.
She could also be heading north for the lucrative Magic Millions raceday on January 13.
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