Dothraki & Charlie Boy Ready For 10,000

Triple Crown’s sprint duo Dothraki and Charlie Boy, continue their respective Brisbane Winter Carnival campaign’s this Saturday in the $750,000 Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m).

Following a narrow miss in the Group 1 BTC Cup (1200m) at the same track two weeks ago, Dothraki will be partnered by Blake Shinn again in an attempt to go one better. While the 1350 metre trip may not suit the bold chestnut as much as the shorter sprint distances, he still has winning form over 1400 as evidenced with a win in the $150,000 Listed Hilton Hotels & Resorts Stakes at Flemington in 2014.

Providing he gets all of the necessary breaks, Shinn believes he is a good chance to graduate to elite level.

“He won over 1400m at Flemington a couple of preps ago so he can do it but we just need things to go his way. If you take Azkadellia out it’s a very similar field to last time.

“Let’s just hope I can find that extra neck in running. He’s an ultra-competitive horse.”

It’s comforting to know that Peter Snowden has trained two Doomben 10,000 winners (Beaded and Epaulette) when he was head trainer for Darley Australia (now Godolphin) but following a brave second in last year’s edition with Charlie Boy, Team Snowden are keen to step it up under their own banner this year with either Dothraki or Charlie Boy.

“Dothraki won’t have to improve much, he was beaten half an inch in the BTC Cup but he’s a horse who does need everything to go his way and he can’t get to the front too soon,” said co-trainer Peter Snowden.

“His run was really good last start; he is in great form and is thriving in Brisbane with the sun of his back.”

Charlie Boy was slightly disappointing last time out  finishing 12th in the BTC Cup but had genuine excuses as the son of Myboycharlie struggled with the extremely fast race tempo set, galloping well out of his comfort zone.

He had previously won the Group 3 BRC Sprint (1350m) at Doomben last winter carnival before running a brave second to multiple Group 1 hero Boban in last year’s Doomben 10,000.

Snowden believes Charlie Boy has come through the BTC Cup in terrific order and is ready to put in an improved performance with a more suitable race tempo to take advantage of.

“Charlie Boy will run a much better race in the 10,000. The tempo of the BTC Cup was against him, it took him out of his comfort zone, but he will appreciate getting out to 1350m and there doesn’t appear to be as much pace in this race,” explained Snowden.

“His work has been very good since his last start and he is ready to run well – there will be no excuses.”

Triple Crown horses have been ultra-competitive in Queensland of late with Dothraki a nose second in the BTC Cup, Jericho a head second in the Listed Hampden Stakes and Brazen Moss running an unlucky second in his last three starts, so here’s hoping we can start turning the tables.

The Group 1 Doomben 10,000 will be run at Doomben at 4pm.