Experience tells trainer Gerald Ryan that Saturday’s Group 2 Run To The Rose field is well above average and he expects his talented colt Peltzer has a major role to play at Rosehill.
Ryan, who now trains alongside long-time foreman Sterling Alexiou, is no stranger to a top colt and will give his lightly-raced son of So You Think the opportunity to put his name among the best of them this spring.
Peltzer will get that chance in the Run To The Rose when he faces off against a mouthwatering selection of colts including three of the four two-year-old Group 1 winners.
Golden Slipper victor Farnan, Sires Produce-Champagne Stakes winner King’s Legacy and JJ Atkins star Rothfire all resume in the 1200m feature alongside Group 1 placegetters Ole Kirk and Mamaragan as well as gun colt North Pacific.
“Every now and then you get a really good crop of three-year-olds and this year is no exception,” Ryan said.
“I go back through the years with some of my top horses and you see Hurricane Sky and he raced against Danzero and Brave Warrior and all that crop.
Menari in an exhibition gallop at Warwick Farm. Picture: AAPSource:AAP
“Then you look at Snitzel’s year there was Written Tycoon, Stratum and Trapeze Artist’s year was strong too.”
Trapeze Artist won Ryan his first Golden Rose in 2017 in the same year his classy stablemate Menari won the Run To The Rose.
Peltzer is also on a Golden Rose path and heads into Saturday’s $200,000 feature second-up.
He was unbeaten at his first three starts before being beaten by Moir Stakes-bound sprinter Anders in the Group 3 San Domenico Stakes first-up.
Anders was a runaway leader in the 1100m scamper but Ryan was happy with his charge, which made up good late ground when running on for second.
“His first-up run was good and he has bounced through it well,” Ryan said.
“If you watch all his runs he is good through the line and it was no different first-up.
“It’s not as if he is getting to the bottom of it at the end of his race.
“All I can say is that he has improved. I don’t know if that is two lengths or 10 lengths, no one knows until he runs again.”
Peltzer will carry the bottom weight of 55kg against his three-year-old rivals on Saturday but Ryan doesn’t believe it will have any impact on his chances.
“I don’t think it will make a lot of difference over the short course,” Ryan said.
“It might make a difference when we get over 1600m and further but not over these sort of trips when it is only 3 kilos.”
Originally published asYoung guns to blossom in Run To The Rose
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