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'I knew he was special': Ryan thinks the best is to come from Peltzer

Gerald Ryan’s secret test of a good horse told him Peltzer was up with Snitzel, Snitzerland and Rubick and he is confident the colt will join that elite company as a group 1 winner in 2021.

Snitzel and Snitzerland won at the top level. The best of Rubick wasn’t seen on the track, but he sired The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes.

It is a high standard for Peltzer to meet but he is on the way after winning the Bondi Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Peltzer, left, runs away with the Bondi Stakes as his rivals struggle in his wake.

Peltzer, left, runs away with the Bondi Stakes as his rivals struggle in his wake.Credit:Getty

“Right back from when he had his first jump-out in late November, I knew he was special,” Ryan said. “I have only had four horses run the time up the back straight from the 1500m to 1000m from where I clock it . . . break 30 [seconds].

“The first was Snitzel, the next was Snitzerland, the next was Rubick, and this horse.

“Not many horses win five out of eight. Not many horses win four out of four at Randwick. He keeps up on the speed. He’s just a nice colt.”

The So You Think colt made the $1 million race a one-act affair and will target races like the Randwick Guineas, Doncaster and All Aged Stakes in the autumn.

Peltzer ($2.80 fav) controlled the Bondi before Tim Clark asked him to accelerate, and he dashed away from a 2¾ lengths victory from Prime Star ($3.80) with Real Peace ($31) getting into third late.

“Getting his toe right into 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,” Clark said.

“Going forward, now that he has shown he can run out a strong mile, he’s got a really nice attitude, he doesn’t worry about things and he’s a beautifully natured horse to ride.

“In the autumn, where generally we do get wet tracks, I’m sure he will be able to measure up to some better races.”

Ryan thinks he could improve with a spell as he has effectively been in work for all of 2020.

“We will put him away Monday. He has only had 26 days off since the second week in January, so he can have a good spell now,” Ryan said. “I reckon we are going to have a ball in the autumn.

“He may improve or hold his own. He’s a horse who could improve. He has a great attitude for a colt and will come back a nice horse in the autumn.

“The aim in the autumn will be the Randwick Guineas, and we will see where we end up. The Doncaster is there as well, it is on the agenda.

“What’s better, an All-Aged Stakes against the older horses or a handicap against older horses?"

Tommy Berry thought he was on the winner when Prime Star loomed into the race, but he couldn't match Peltzer.

“Just beaten by a better horse. He had a beautiful run," Berry said. "I thought we were the winner at the top of the straight but the winner found too much.”

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