Deserved G2 Victory for Peltzer
Quality colt Peltzer (3c So You Think x Miss Otto, by Elusive Quality) has been threatening to win a stakes race and got the job done in style at Randwick on Saturday when leading all the way to take out the Group II ATC Stan Fox Stakes (1500m).
Trained by Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou, Peltzer won his first three starts last season at two and has been consistent without winning this preparation when taking on the elite three year-olds.
A last start fifth in the Group I ATC Golden Rose to Ole Kirk, North Pacific and King’s Legacy, he appreciated the slight drop in class for this assignment to win by half a length over Prime Star (3g Starspangledbanner x Barinka, by Shinko King) and Jet Propulsion (3c Rubick x November Flight, by Flying Spur).
The $1million ATC Bondi Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in two weeks time is the next goal for Peltzer and winning rider Tim Clark is optimistic about his chances at the longer distance.
“It looks like a perfect progression and is back at Randwick again which is a track he loves,” said Clark.
“The mile is a little bit of a question, but he’s got a really nice relaxed demeanour and good attitude and that’s going to take him a long way.”
A $260,000 Magic Millions purchase for Gerald Ryan Racing/David Raphael, Peltzer was offered by renowned South Australian nursery Mill Park.
The 27th stakes-winner for So You Think, Peltzer has the overall record of four wins and a second from seven starts with prizemoney in excess of $358,000.
He is a three-quarter brother-in-blood to stakes-winner So We Are and is the first winner from Miss Otto, a half-sister by Elusive Quality to Group II placed Miss With Attitude, the dam of stakes-winner Crown Towers.
Peltzer’s grand-dam is by Flying Spur, a sire that has worked previously with So You Think to produce Group I ATC Surround Stakes (1400m) winner Nakeeta Jane.
Miss Otto produced another filly by So You Think last year and is back in foal to Coolmore’s champion son of High Chaparral.