Dothraki to go bang at Rosehill

By Nic Ashman

Punters can expect Dothraki to be more explosive this Saturday at Rosehill after Gerald Ryan indicated a change of tactics would be implemented.

The four-year-old lines up in the Whyte & Gilmour Handicap (1100m) after finishing second first-up behind You’ll Never 21 days ago.

Dothraki sprinted to the lead at the 200 metre mark on that occasion but was gunned down late by the Chris Waller-trained galloper.

“That was his first run as a gelding and it was his best first-up performance so far,” Ryan said.

“Obviously the gelding has improved the horse but I expect him to run even better this weekend.”

There’s two reasons why punters can expect Dothraki to show further improvement on Saturday.

Firstly, the son of Mossman took a first-up record of 3:0-0-1 into his last start while his second-up stats read 3:1-0-1.

“He always improves second-up but that’s not the only reason we could see him jump out of the ground,” Ryan said.

The trainer will implement the thoughts of top jockey Glyn Schofield, who suggested to Ryan he should ride Dothraki quietly when the horse was in his three-year-old season.

“Glyn said to us one day, this horse could be quite explosive if you cuddled him up,” he said.

“The other day when he resumed I thought perhaps it was just his condition that gave out over the final 100 metres.

“I’ve no doubt he’s improved but he also might be a horse that goes better being held up and I think now’s the time to try that.”