Peltzer has always been compared to other horses, from the sale ring to the racetrack, but he gets the ultimate comparison in Saturday’s Golden Rose at Rosehill.
When owner David Raphael first saw him at the Magic Millions, he had his benchmark for the sale. Co-trainer Sterling Alexiou would see him a couple of days later and also mark him highly.
“He was one of those horses that we saw at different times and all liked,” Raphael said. “I rang my wife the day I saw him and said he would be the horse I would compare everything to at the sale. He was just an athlete and there was a lot to like about him.
“Sterling saw him and rang Gerald [Ryan] and said what a good type he was.”
Alexiou was not to know the So You Think colt, who would become Peltzer, would be his first group 1 runner as a trainer after entering a partnership with Ryan.
“He is the type of horse we like,” Alexiou said. “I told Gerald the only thing was that he was a So You Think, they weren’t popular.
“He just said a good horse is a good horse. He liked him when he got up there.
“We had to wait until the last night for him to go through and were happy to get him.
”He has developed into the horse we thought he was; you are hoping to get to races like the Golden Rose when you are looking at them at the sales.
“He has had the right preparation and I couldn’t think of a horse I would rather have as my first group 1 runner, because I know he is a chance.”
Peltzer was not tested at group level as a two-year-old but it was by design after he strung three wins together to start his career.
“We could have gone to Queensland and met Rothfire but we have always thought that he would be better as he got up to a mile,” Raphael said. “We sat down and had a talk about Brisbane but we decided on this race as the place to test him and give him that extra time to mature.
"There was never a rush with him because he was always going to get stronger and had the ability to match good horses."
Ryan likes the set-up of Peltzer having a break before being tested against the best of his generation and went with the preparation that served Trapeze Artist well when he won the Golden Rose at $41.
“We went three runs into it for a reason and Trapeze Artist ran fourth in his final lead-up as well,” Ryan said. "I was sure he was good enough to take on the best, so instead of Brisbane, we targeted this race.
"He is a colt and you need to run in this race to show him at his best.
“He hasn't been in a race where he could relax yet as a three-year-old. He has been chasing hot speed in both his runs, I think it will be different on Saturday.”
Peltzer was the closest to Anders throughout when runner-up in the San Domenico Stakes. The speedster scorched through the first half of the race and then was good enough, according to his trainers, in his fourth to Golden Rose favourite Rothfire in The Run To The Rose.
“We have been to these races before with horses, it is no different with Peltzer,” Alexiou said.
“He has had the right runs and given the right indications about the Golden Rose, but it is going to be different to the lead-ups.
“They probably won’t be running like they have been in his two runs and that will help him because he has done a bit of work to take the fields up in both those races.
“Kerrin [McEvoy] has been happy with both efforts and the 1400m will be where his athletic ability comes through. If he relaxes he has acceleration, which he hasn’t be able to show this time in.
“I think we will see it on Saturday.”