Bondi Stakes: Peltzer is fighting fit for his first test at the mile

Peltzer is like the chubby guy who hits the gym and becomes an Adonis.

At Royal Randwick on Saturday, a fitter, trimmer Peltzer is ready to stretch his brilliance out to 1600m in the $1 million Bondi Stakes.

There have been doubts raised about Peltzer’s stamina reserves as he was getting tired near the end of 1500m when winning the Stan Fox Stakes last start.

But trainer Gerald Ryan said the crack colt has thrived on racing this spring and is in his physical prime for the rich three-year-old race.

“Peltzer has had plenty of time and races to get fit this campaign but I always felt I was half a run behind with him,’’ said Ryan, who trains in partnership with Sterling Alexiou.

“But he’s a gross colt and eats everything you put in front of him. I’m not one to put a horse on a diet, I just up their work.

“He’s caught up now, he’s trained on really well and he’s never been better.’’

Peltzer is the $2.50 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds to win the Bondi Stakes.

The talented three-year-old is unbeaten in three starts at Randwick including his Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes win two weeks ago.

Peltzer won the Stan Fox over 1500m at Rosehill last start. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

But Peltzer’s winning margin that day was an ever-decreasing half length as Bondi Stakes rivals Prime Star (second) and Acrophobic (fourth) closed fast late in the race.

“I don’t have any issues with Peltzer at 1600m, I think he will run the trip,’’ Ryan said.

“Everyone expects him to lead but he doesn’t have to lead. If he does, it’s because he lands in front without any pressure.

“But if something goes ‘mad’ and wants to lead, Peltzer can sit off them and he will relax nicely.’’

Peltzer was a $260,000 Magic Millions Yearling Sale purchase who has already earned more than $350,000 prizemoney with four wins from seven starts.

It was Alexiou who first found the colt, inspecting him at the 2019 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

“Sterling will go to the Magic Millions Sale a day before me as I usually go up on the Saturday night after the Sydney races,’’ Ryan said.

“I remember last year Sterling rang me as I was getting on the plane to say he had found a cracking colt by So You Think. David (Raphael, part-owner) also liked him.

“When I saw the colt the next day, I could understand what Sterling saw in him.’’

Peltzer’s sire So You Think won his second Cox Plate 10 years ago.Source:News Limited

Peltzer is a son of champion racehorse and leading Coolmore Stud sire So You Think and is the fourth foal out of Elusive Quality mare, Miss Otto. Her previous three runners are still maidens.

On the 10th anniversary of So You Think’s second Cox Plate win, Peltzer can make a name for himself by winning the Bondi Stakes.

“I remember So You Think’s first race, it was at a Rosehill midweek meeting and we had a grey horse by Lonhro called Eight Thorns that we thought could win,’’ Ryan said.

“But So You Think ‘brained’ us. He turned out to be a very good horse.

“He had won two Cox Plates by the time he had 10 starts and not many horses can win five Group 1 races in the southern hemisphere then go and win another five Group 1 races in the northern hemisphere.’’

Ryan is also banking on Fortress Command racing up to expectations in the Sharp EIT Handicap (1600m) at the Bondi Stakes meeting as he is also the $1 million big-race path this spring.

“We have always had a good opinion of Fortress Command but he has returned a lot better now he has been gelded,’’ Ryan said.

“If he runs well at Randwick then his aim is The Gong ($1 million, Kembla Grange, November 21.’’

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