Strong finisher: Dothraki. Photo: Wayne TaylorThere were worrying moments down the straight but Peter Snowden will set his tough sprinter Dothraki for Grafton’s Ramornie Handicap after he held on to finish the Queensland winter carnival in style.
The four-year-old looked as though he could have been toast in the Tattersall’s 150th Anniversary Stakes over 1200metres on the Gold Coast as the well-backed Target in Sight ($4.40) loomed up midway down the straight.
But Dothraki ($3.80) kicked strongly to give favourite backers a strong end to the card.
Damian Browne steered his horse to the best going in the centre of the track and he looked to travel well within himself around the turn.
Target in Sight was the clear danger and looked to have his measure before Dothraki knuckled down to cling on. He was never headed but Snowden might have been fearing the worst given his previous racing habits.
Snowden said the horse had a habit of easing down after hitting the front and he’d warned Browne to make sure he was keeping his mind on the job until the post.
“He’s a bit of a bugger,” Snowden said. “When he gets to the front, he half pulls up. It’s just a matter of letting him go. I did tell Damian that just be careful he doesn’t switch off too quickly.
“Once the second horse came at him, he picked up again. He was very strong. He was in the right place, right time … right result.”
Dothraki was off the track when resuming on a harder surface at Scone and looked far more comfortable at the Gold Coast on the back of the freshen up and the breezy trial performance in Sydney.
Provided the handicapper looked kindly on the performance, Snowden said he would take Dothraki to Grafton for the July 8 Ramornie over the same distance.
“He’d be a perfect Ramornie horse, as long as the handicapper doesn’t get at him too much [after] today,” Snowden said. “That’s where we had him marked to go next.”
Rocket To Glory ($21) held on for third placing to put some meat into the multiples but the top two horses were clearly the best-backed in the race, with the unplaced Into The Red ($4.4) the other main fancy.
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