Trainer Gerald Ryan is still looking to complete the set and claim an elusive Group 1 with talented colt Peltzer but he’s under no illusions about the task before him in Saturday’s All Aged Stakes at Randwick.
Peltzer is already a Group 2 and Group 3 winner but will need to beat a competitive field of older horses to complete the hat-trick in the $600,000 main event this weekend.
It mightn’t be the only last chance the colt gets his chance at Group 1 level this campaign with the Brisbane Winter Carnival and a possible Stradbroke Handicap tilt also still on the radar.
But Ryan, who trains alongside Sterling Alexiou, was keen to roll the dice at a happy hunting ground in Sydney before any future targets were considered.
“He is going really good,” Ryan said.
“I was quite happy with his run the other day in the Star Kingdom.
“He went a month between runs and I was going to trial him to get him ready for this race but thought I might as well race him.
“We tried something a bit different and rode him off the speed and I thought he ran quite well out wide on a day when they weren’t making ground out wide.”
Peltzer was fifth last start in the Group 3 Star Kingdom Stakes but that was staged at Rosehill.
Five of the six career victories Peltzer has to his name have come at Randwick and he will appreciate returning to the happy hunting ground this weekend.
Tim Clark will ride Peltzer on Saturday where he is a $31 outsider.
Gerald Ryan concedes Peltzer faces a test in the All Aged Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Ryan plans to use the race to determine which path to take through the Brisbane Winter Carnival.
Ryan and Alexiou also have the classy Bottega headed to Randwick, looking to end a winning drought that dates back to May 9 last year.
The son of Snitzel has placed on four occasions since then, including twice at Group 3 level, and will get the chance to end his run of outs in the Yarraman Park Benchmark 100 Handicap (1400m).
“He just needs to win a race,” Ryan said.
“He is one horse that his preparation has suffered by the Carnival getting moved back a week.
“I was a supporter of the decision, I think it was a great idea but he is just one that it just didn’t suit because he ended up going too far between runs both times.
“The aim was the Hawkesbury Cup and the Scone Cup but I don’t know if he is a back up horse (for next week’s Hawkesbury Cup).”
Bottega is an $8 elect in a wide open affair in the penultimate event on the card with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
Originally published asRandwick specialist faces stern All Aged test
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