Randwick races: Peltzer, Rocketing By land feature double for sire So You Think

Rocketing By and Peltzer claimed the feature three-year-old double for their sire So You Think at Royal Randwick.

There were scenes of unbridled joy from Rocketing By’s big group of owners after the David Pfiieffer-trained colt’s upset win in the $1 million Inglis Sprint (1200m).

Only 40 minutes earlier, trainers Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou led in the quinella when the gifted Peltzer ran down his stablemate The Face in the Group 3 $160,000 Eskimo Prince Stakes (1200m).

Peltzer loves Randwick! He hits it up a gear to get the win in the Eskimo Prince. pic.twitter.com/rgBNwYfT27

The rich race-to-race Randwick double capped a red-letter day for Coolmore Stud’s So You Think, the former champion racehorse and now leading stallion. He also sired two winners at Caulfield with Poland in the Group 2 Autumn Stakes and also Regardsmaree.

Pfieffer, cradling his four-year-old son Darby in his arms, revealed he purchased Rocketing By for just $20,000 at the Scone Inglis Yearling Sale two years ago. The promising colt collected a first prizemoney cheque of $580,000 for his army of owners with his Inglis Sprint victory.

“I liked him as a yearling, he has always been a beautiful looking horse and I’ve always had a great affinity with the sire, So You Think,’’ Pfieffer said.

“This is an outstanding result for our stable. He was up against a cracking field and we came here hoping to run a place, hoping to run ‘respectable’, as there were two very good horses in the race.

Rocketing By scored an upset win in the Inglis Sprint. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“We targeted this race as others were using this race as a stepping stone so our grand plan has come off. He’s a horse in great form, he got a beautiful ride, and with a very vocal team of owners. I don’t know how many (owners) there are — I don’t want to know!

“But it’s great for the game, it’s great for the stable. Great for all the team at home as it’s been a bit of an emotional week so this helps.’’

Pfieffer said one of his trackwork riders was badly injured during the week but was reluctant to give further details out of respect for the injured rider and family.

Rocketing By ($26), ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, was too fit and too tough for his rivals, scoring by a half length in a thrilling finish. Prime Star ($16) was second, just in front of Ole Kirk ($2.60 favourite) with Dame Giselle ($3.20) a close fourth.

“It’s always good to come back to happy, cheering owners,’’ McEvoy said. “Full credit goes to Dave, he’s a great fella. I’m really pleased for him and his big team of loud owners.”

Rocketing By lives up to his name and rockets to the win in the @inglis_sales Sprint! Beautiful ride from @KPMcEvoy 👏👏 pic.twitter.com/SGgypI3Ahb

The effort of Peltzer ($5.50) to win the Eskimo Prince Stakes was no less spectacular. The talented colt finished strongly to defeat The Face ($7) by three-quarter-of-a-length with Prague ($9) a length away third, just in front of North Pacific ($2.05 favourite).

Ryan revealed he had a slight leaning to the race-fit The Face but said Peltzer’s class won him the race.

“Running The Face here was going to be his Melbourne Cup and go for a spell and Peltzer was first-up,’’ Ryan said. “But I really I did believe they’d run 1-2 but I thought The Face, being fitter and getting 3kg off, would be hard to beat.

“I said before the race Peltzer was fit enough to win but there was improvement to come. He had to dig deep to win but that’s what good horses do.’’

Peltzer is unbeaten in five starts at Randwick – he won the Stan Fox Stakes and Bondi Stakes there last spring – and is now being aimed at the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m next month.

Tim Clark was impressed by Peltzer’s first-up win. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“He runs in the Hobartville Stakes in a fortnight, that is level weights and we will see what happens, then the Guineas and wherever we go after that,’’ Ryan said.

Tim Clark, rider of Peltzer, said the colt has returned an improved version of the talented three-year-old that did so well last spring.

“It’s great to see him come back in such dominant fashion,’’ Clark said. “He trialled lovely coming into it.

“Obviously North Pacific had his measure in a couple of runs at Rosehill last time but he does seem like he’s a different horse when he comes over to the east (Randwick). He might just get a little bit more cushion in the track here which he obviously appreciates.”

Team Hawkes produced their crack colts Ole Kirk (third in the Inglis Sprint) and North Pacific (fourth in the Eskimo Prince Stakes) and race jockey said punters should not drop off the beaten favourites.

“Ole Kirk’s run was superb, he’s a lovely colt,’’ McDonald said. “North Pacific just needed the run.’’

Originally published asCool winnings: Sons of a gun rocket to riches

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