Talented four-year-old Standout will look to defend his Group 2 Expressway Stakes crown later in the month but the training team of Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou are leaning towards waiting another week with stablemate Peltzer as both horses prepare for Group 1 autumn goals.
Both horses impressed the trainers after trialling on their home track at Rosehill on Friday morning.
Standout ran on well under a hold when finishing third behind Masked Crusader in a 900m hit out while Bondi Stakes winner Peltzer did it easy, finishing fourth over the same trip.
“At this stage Peltzer will trial again and we will look to the Eskimo Prince Stakes but the Expressway is up in the air too,” Alexiou said.
“Standout will be aimed there.
“He won it last year with the same sort of program that we’ve plotted this preparation.
“He trialled well here on Friday and Kerrin McEvoy was happy. He will ride him in the Expressway.”
Alexiou and Ryan have Group 1 ambitions for both horses later this autumn.
Peltzer had a strong spring, winning the Bondi Stakes. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
The Group 1 Randwick Guineas is the first objective for Peltzer while races like the Doncaster Mile are also under consideration.
“Peltzer has always given the indication that he a nice horse,” Alexiou said.
“Obviously in the spring against some of those shorter, sharper horses in the Golden Rose, he probably looked he wasn’t quite up to it.
“But I am sure now once he steps up in trip he will be up to a Randwick and Rosehill Guineas.”
While already a Group 2 winner, connections are chasing a valuable Group 1 for Standout, who remains a stallion at four-years-old. And Alexiou believes it will be a race on his home track that could be the talented sprinters best chance.
“We will get him through the Expressway but it would be nice to get him to a race like The Galaxy,” Alexiou said.
Originally published asRyan and Alexiou stable outline autumn plans for star duo
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