Short-priced favourite Peltzer (by So You Think (NZ)) gave his backers minimal reason for concern when running out an empathic winner of the $1 million, Bar 83 Bondi Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on the Saturday metropolitan program in Sydney.
Winner of his only three previous outings at the headquarters of NSW racing, Peltzer enjoyed the services of acclaimed front running rider Tim Clark and the duo did what both horse and jockey do best.
In a race run in deteriorating conditions due to persistent rain, Peltzer and Clark took charge of the contest from the very beginning and subsequently careered away from their opposition approximately 80 seconds later.
Peltzer effectively blitzed his rivals over the final 250 metres, finishing well clear of Prime Star (by Starspangledbanner) in second and Real Peace (by Real Impact) in third.
Tim Clark and Peltzer in full sail, picture Sportpix.com.au
Speaking after the win, Clark said that the increasingly rain-affected conditions were a bonus.
“The wet track really played into his hands — he reveled in that ground,” claimed Clark.
“I think that was the reason he didn’t look quite as impressive the other day, because of the [good] ground.
“Getting his toe right in to it today, he was just a different horse. He really quickened well at the 300m when I asked him and put the race beyond doubt pretty quickly.”
Trained to victory by Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou, Clark made sure the training partnership got the praise it deserved.
Clark remarked: “He’s a Group 2 winner and now he has won a million dollar race, so I think it was really smart planning by them and they deserve a lot of credit.”
Senior co-trainer Gerald Ryan said after the win: “The conditions were in his favour today with the wet track and a bit of rain around.
“He got a comfortable lead in front … Timmy rated him well and the way he worked Tuesday morning was sensational.
“He’s just a good colt. It just didn’t work in the Golden Rose, but there is plenty of money around in races just off the top. I reckon next year as a 3yo, races like the Stradbroke are right up his alley.”
Ryan confirmed that the Bondi winner would be spelled almost immediately.
“He’s had 26 days off since January. He’ll go out Monday and he’ll have a nice spell.
“There is so much to pick from in the Autumn for good 3yos. It worked for Trapeze Artist. The Stradbroke is a handicap, so be patient and placing him right.”
Peltzer scored by two and three-quarter lengths, with Prime Star finishing a head in advance of Real Peace.
Winning time was 1m36.81s (last 600m in 35.98s) on a Soft 6.
SPs were $2.80 favourite, $4.00 and $26.00.
Peltzer races on behalf of NMS Racing, Mr N L Pinder, Mrs C A Pinder, Mr A T Rastall, Mrs R K Rastall, Miss L K Barrett, Mr G Pratt, Mr I C Burford, Mr M H Wood & Mr GA Ryan. He took his earnings to $939,040 after five wins and one second from eight starts.
Sterling Alexiou and Gerald Ryan, picture Sportpix.com.au
What the beaten jockeys said:
Tommy Berry (Prime Star): “Just beaten by a better horse. He had a beautiful run. Thought we were the winner at the top of the straight but the winner found too much.”
Nash Rawiller (Acrophobic): “Never comfortable on the ground really. He was there to go up and join the winner but as soon as I asked him for an effort, he floundered in the ground.”
Regan Bayliss (Street Dancer): “He has come to the end of his prep. He is not favoured on this sort of ground. Still whacked away nicely.”
Rachel King (Namazu): “Really struggled on that heavy track but he will be a nice horse going forward.”
Tom Sherry (Real Peace): “Huge effort. He will be a nice horse next prep over a bit further.”
Koby Jennings (Stylebender): “He actually ran pretty good. Once he gets gelded and over 2000m. I know he was a massive price today, he wasn’t that bad.”
Robbie Dolan (Elizabeel): “She ran really well. She will be more effective on a drier track. She copped a bump out of the gates and she just didn’t settle in the mid-stages. Should be better next prep.”
Brenton Avdulla (Red Stiletto): “Struggled in the ground.”