Rich Charm produced the worst performance of his career as veteran sprinter Dothraki outgunned a pair of Darren Weir gallopers to win Saturday's Group 2 Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m) at Flemington.
The eight-year-old stalked the speed and claimed the lead shortly after being asked to quicken by Damian Lane and then held off the late challenge of First Among Equals and Kemono.
Co-trainer Peter Snowden was delighted with the victory, which saw the gelding close in on $1.5 million in career prizemoney.
Both Udyta Clarke and Patty Moloney were at a loss to explain the performance of Rich Charm, who appeared to travel comfortably but failed to quicken inside the final 400m and failed to beat a runner home.
"He gave me a beautiful ride and coming onto the course proper I thought he was the winner," Moloney said.
"From the 400m to the 200m he let down really good but in the last furlong he really mellowed and flattened out on his run.
"It's not like him, it's probably the worst run of his career and he seemed to pull up as good as gold but you never know until they cool down so fingers crossed he's OK."
Rich Charm was found to be lame in the near hind after he was vetted post-race.
Damien Lane likes the win on Dothraki, picture Quentinjlang.com