Peltzer’s class can compensate for any stamina limitations in his return clash with Prime Star and Acrophobic in the $1 million Bondi Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.
This is the opinion of ratings expert Gary Crispe, who is prepared to bank on Peltzer’s natural talent to provide a decisive winning edge.
Crispe, from Racing And Sports, said Peltzer’s half-length win over Prime Star with Acrophobic a close fourth in the Stan Fox Stakes two weeks ago is the right form reference for the Bondi Stakes.
After studying the sectional times from the Stan Fox, Crispe did reveal Peltzer ran the equal slowest last 200m of the race. His main Bondi Stakes rival, Prime Star, finished off the same sectional about two lengths faster than Peltzer.
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Peltzer is unbeaten in three starts at Royal Randwick. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“Visually, Peltzer appeared all out and could be vulnerable over the concluding stages in the Bondi Stakes,’’ Crispe said. “But in his favour is that he again looks to lead comfortably and is at his best when allowed to dictate. If Clark can pinch a few cheap sectionals early, he is sure to give them all something to run down.’’
Peltzer is unbeaten in three Randwick starts and after finishing fifth to Ole Kirk in the Golden Rose, he appreciated the drop in grade in the Stan Fox Stakes.
“He led throughout and did too well under Tim Clark, returning a Timeform rating of 108,’’ Crispe said. “This figure leaves him well placed to win the Bondi Stakes although the question remains whether can he stretch that form out to the mile (1600m).’’
The Richard and Michael Freedman-trained Prime Star is the obvious danger after his eye-catching run in the Stan Fox Stakes, according to Crispe.
“Prime Star settled last in that race and was forced to make a long sustained run to be beaten only a half length by Peltzer,’’ Crispe said.
“I feel Prime Star gives the impression he will be even better at the mile. His wide draw means its likely he will get back in the field early which won’t make his task any easier.
“But this colt is on an upward spiral and should take plenty of benefit from his last run.
Prime Star shapes as Peltzer’s biggest danger in the Bondi Stakes. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
“In the Stan Fox Stakes, Prime Star was asked to make the jump from 1200m to 1500m which wasn’t an ideal set up and to perform so well, you’d suspect he has more to offer. The in-form Tommy Berry takes over and he should be very strong late.’’
Crispe said the effort of Acrophobic to close strongly late and just miss a place behind Peltzer last start indicated he will be hard to beat. Acrophobic, trained by John O’Shea, will race in blinkers and has Nash Rawiller to guide him.
“I still feel Acrophobic has a bit to do to beat the top two but he took a good step forward last start and looks to be trending the right way,’’ he said.
The John Sargent-trained Elizabeel was unlucky when a fast finishing third to Forbidden Love in the Reginald Allen Quality last week and the filly is backing up in the Bondi Stakes.
“Much like Prime Star, it wasn’t an ideal set up for Elizabeel (1100m to 1400m) last start but that run should stand her in good stead for this race,’’ Crispe said.
“She is drawn to get a lovely run, she still has to find more on her bare form, but looks a solid chance if the Stan Fox Stakes doesn’t prove to be the right form race.’’
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