Trainer Gerald Ryan is convinced Dothraki is a high-class sprinter after dominant Rosehill Gardens win
Gerald Ryan has always maintained Dothraki is a ‘serious racehorse’.
In racing speak that means the potential is there to reach the top level and that’s exactly where Ryan wants to head with the smart four-year-old after his outstanding win at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Dothraki ($4) unleashed a powerful sprint from well off the pace to score by a length from Goldstone ($31) with a long head to Agent ($8) in third position in the Cellarbrations Whyte & Gilmour Handicap (1100m).
“If we can get this horse racing properly off a fast pace he could be an Oakleigh Plate horse fresh up,’’ Ryan said.
“He’s a stakes horse and if we keep riding that way he’ll be a serious horse.’’
Dothraki was one of Ryan’s better two-year-olds in the lead up to last year’s Golden Slipper but he finished last after sitting on the speed and over-racing.
He was gelded heading into this preparation and Ryan said now he’s a more settled and focused horse who can realise that sprinting potential.
“Glyn Schofield always maintained when he was a two-year-old if he ever put it together he could be one of the best horses he’s ever ridden,’’ Ryan said.
“We’ve sat him back off other horses at home and he’d be three lengths off them at the furlong (200m) and beat them two lengths pulling up.
“I’ve never seen a horse when he’s held up let down like him.’’
It’s easy to forget that Dothraki was no slouch as a young horse with a Group 3 win in the Gold Coast Guineas and just seven months ago he finished a length behind Chautauqua in the Gosford Guineas.
Ryan will sit down this week and work out where to head in the short term with Dothraki.
He’s mindful of keeping him to the shorter trips to take advantage of the turn of foot he showed on Saturday.
Ryan nominated the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on November 29 and the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) at Doomben a week later as his likely targets.
“I’d like to have another crack at 1100m with him,’’ he said.
“I think we have found the way to ride him and I think you’ll see a very handy off the speed sprinter.
“He’s probably raced himself out of this class now so we’ll step him up to the Starlight in a fortnight and he’ll get less weight against the better horses.’’
Dothraki brought up a race to race double for jockey Blake Shinn, following his win on Church Boy, and he said the gelding still has a little learning to do but is a smart sprinter in the making.
“When he gets to the front he thinks his job done,’’ Shinn said.
“He rounded them up but he still thought it was done. Sprinting is his go and he can develop into a high-class sprinter.’’