Gerald Ryan’s consistent sprinter Dothraki the one to beat in Listed Canterbury Classic
Dothraki after his Group 3 Hilton Stakes win at Flemington. Photo: www.bradleyphotos.com.au
By Ray Thomas
The Daily Telegraph
WITH sprint sensation Our Boy Malachi enjoying a summer spell, the door is wide open for Dothraki to record a deserved big-race success in the Listed $100,000 Canterbury Classic (1200m) at Canterbury Park on Saturday.
The Gerald Ryan-trained Dothraki has finishing second behind the “Rockhampton Rocket” Our Boy Malachi in the Starlight Stakes and Razor Sharp Handicap at his last two starts.
But Dothraki doesn’t have to contend with his arch rival in the Canterbury Classic although he could face up to 15 rivals in the feature sprint.
Ryan has also nominated last Saturday’s Rosehill comeback winner Red Excitement but indicated he will rely on the consistent Dothraki.
Trainer Joe Pride has three entries including the very promising Ball of Muscle, Earnest Ernest and Big Bonanza but said only the former was a certain Canterbury Classic runner.
Gai Waterhouse’s Group 1 winner Driefontein is topweight with 59kg ahead of Dothraki, Red Excitement, Adebisi and Heart Testa all on 58kg. Ball Of Muscle os on the limit of 54kg for his first test at stakes level.
The rare Sydney Saturday meeting at Canterbury has attracted a healthy 135 entries across the eight races.
In fact, the race field sizes and nominations have held up for the busy Christmas period with 71 acceptors for seven races at Warwick Farm tomorrow and 123 nominations for Friday’s Summer Cup meeting at Royal Randwick.