After finishing one-two in the Listed Starlight Stakes (1100m) last time out, both Our Boy Malachi and Dothraki are set to tackle the Listed Razor Sharp (1200m) at Randwick Racecourse this Saturday.
While the two are much closer in weights this time around, Dothraki’s trainer Gerald Ryan didn’t think it was enough to beat home the Team Hawkes-trained gelding who has won 15 of his 17 career starts. However after Randwick was downgraded to a ‘heavy 8’ after continuous rainfall, he believes he’s in with a much better chance.
“If the circumstances were the same then the turnaround in the weights is not enough for Dothraki to beat him,” Ryan told Sky Racing.
“But the 1200 metres at Randwick is lot different from 1100 at Rosehill.
“A lot depends on the tempo and the conditions on the day.
“I know Dothraki can handle the wet track and I know he is fit and very well.
“But Our Boy Malachi is a class act.”
Our Boy Malachi remains the odds-on favourite in the Razor Sharp betting market at Ladbrokes.com.au at $1.90 however Dothraki is the market mover after shortening from $4 into $3.80.
The heavy track is also in Dothraki’s favour considering the gelding has won and finished third his two times running on heavy ground while Our Boy Malachi remains untested and may in fact be scratched from the race should the rain continue.
Our Boy Malachi beat Dothraki by one and three-quarter length in the Starlight Stakes on November 29 however he did have a three and a half kilo weight advantage whereas he’ll carry just one kilogram less in the 2014 Razor Sharp.
With a bigger track, wet conditions, and an extra 100 metres in his favour, Dothraki may emerge victorious over Our Boy Malachi for the first time on Saturday.
There could be a lot of scratchings at Randwick on Saturday with Ryan already swaying towards keeping $16 hopeful Red Excitement for another day.
“He is coming back from injury and I don’t want him to start out with a hard run on a heavy track,” Ryan said.
“There is a race at Doomben in another week and another one at Flemington.
“We’ll just wait and see if we get any more rain but he’s unlikely to run.”
Whatever happens with the weather, Randwick will play host to a number of exciting races this Saturday. Make sure you get your bets in at Ladbrokes.com.au today.