Farewell Dothraki – Group 1 performer retired at the age of nine
The word legend is profoundly overused these days, but in this instance there is no doubt it is befitting of its addressee. It is with deep sadness that we announce the retirement of Dothraki, a true legend of the Triple Crown team.
A veteran of 61 stars, Dothraki contested an incredible 54 of those at stakes level, and it is fair to say that there are few horses in training more deserving of a Group 1 win. Somehow that elite level victory eluded him in eight attempts, though he came as close as is physically possible when denied by the narrowest of margins in the 2016 BTC Cup.
Considered precocious enough to begin his seven-year race career in Listed company, Dothraki stepped out for the first time with a solid fifth in the Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Stakes when under the care of Gerald Ryan. Just nine days later he broke his maiden at Canterbury, the first indication of his remarkable constitution.
Two placings at Group level followed before Dothraki rounded off his juvenile career in the Golden Slipper Stakes, Australia’s most prestigious two-year-old race. He returned as a three-year-old to record his first stakes victory in a Listed contest over 1400m at Flemington, while his maiden win in Group company came the following preparation in the Gold Coast Guineas over 1200m.
Having switched to the yard of Peter & Paul Snowden in 2015, a further two wins in Listed and Group 3 company followed, but it wasn’t until the autumn and winter of 2016 that Dothraki showed his true ability. Placings in the Galaxy Handicap and the aforementioned BTC Cup saw him develop into a bona-fide Group 1 performer, while also providing his fantastic group of owners with racedays that will live long in the memory.
Dothraki went on to record victories in the Maurice McCarten Handicap (Gr 3) and Bobbie Lewis Quality (Gr 2), before finishing just 1.8 lengths off multiple Group 1 winner Sunlight when fourth in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes earlier this year – a run that is even more impressive given it came at the grand old age of eight.
The son of Mossman retires the winner of 8 starts, with a further 24 placings helping to accrue an astonishing $1,669,785 in career earnings. Not a bad return for a horse who was sourced by Triple Crown’s Chris and Michael Ward for $45,000 from the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.
However, perhaps the greatest indication of the regard in which Dothraki was held in comes in the form of a trackwork anecdote, where Glyn Schofield – the regular rider of multiple Group 1 winner Hay List – dismounted Dothraki and was quoted as saying “he could be the best horse I’ve ever sat on.”
It truly is the end of an era and, as is common practice for all our horses at the culmination of their career on the track, we will insure Dothraki enjoys the best of retirements.
We hope you will join us in celebrating the remarkable career of a remarkable racehorse.