Dothraki has firmed in from $41 to $12 for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic despite a cautious forecast from trainer Gerald Ryan.
The Triple Crown syndicated colt looked a feature winner of the future in the ATC Membership on Sale Now Plate (1200m) at Canterbury on Saturday. He jumped straight to the front and held on gamely to defeat boom colt Aussies Love Sport.
Dothraki (2c Mossman – Volantis by Flying Spur) had been beaten on debut in the Wyong Magic Millions before atoning in town. “He will tell us over the next week or so whether to keep going to the Gold Coast,” Ryan explained. “He’s very forward, very switched on and a lovely colt but it’s his first preparation and he might be at the end of his tether.”
Vinery stallion Mossman sired the colt from a winning half-sister to Simonstad (G3 VRC Rupert Steele Stakes). He was a $45,000 buy from the Baramul Stud draft at the 2012 Magic Millions National Sale.
Baramul owner Gerry Harvey bought a share back when Triple Crown began syndicating the colt. His other owners include Steve and Debbie Graham who are also involved in G2 winner Hot Snitzel and John Hezlett who has a share in G3 winner Flying Snitzel.
Dothraki is named after the TV fantasy show “Game of Thrones”. In the American produced series, the Dothraki are a tribe of warriors based loosely on the Mongols who are especially skilled in horse riding and mounted warfare.
Dothraki has a yearling half-brother by Vinery sire Big Brown and the 2008 Kentucky Derby winner has 25 yearlings catalogued for the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions
The first of Vinery’s Big Browns to go through the ring is the colt from Talons Shown (Lot 290). Like Dothraki, he is from a Flying Spur mare.
– Karl Patterson