Peak

1:57.6 - $325,742. Chestnut Horse foaled 2007. 16 Hands

Peak is a Group One winner in both hemispheres.

Peak brings some International flair to the Alabar roster. Born in Denmark, his father is French, his mother is Danish and her father is American. He raced around Europe and scored his greatest success in the Group 1 Danish Trav-Derby in Denmark as a 4yo. He then scored another Group One win, this time in New Zealand in the NZ Trotting Free-For-All.

Anthony Butt described Peak as: “The most clean gaited trotter I have ever driven. The perfect trotter – speed, gait, heart and manners. When I ask him to go he goes – and keeps going.”

Tim Butt is equally taken with him: “He’s such a beautiful horse with a massive heart and superb attitude. He has an unbelievable gait – far superior to any other trotter I’ve trained. His will to win was his biggest asset.”

  • A son of two-time champion French sire, Ganymede.
  • Carries an attractive balance of the outcross of European blood combined with proven North American sire lines.
  • Being from the Speedy Crown sire line, ideally suited to many NZ trotting mares.
  • The only horse ever to win a Group 1 in Europe and then repeat the feat in the southern hemisphere.
  • Served a limited book in 2014 whilst still in training, now standing his first season at Alabar.

 

AUS Pay On Pos Test: $2,500 (incl GST)
NZ Pay On Pos Test: $2,500 (plus GST)
Standing in New Zealand
 
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Peak's oldest progeny are foals in 2015/16.

Age Starts 1st 2nd 3rd Earnings Time
3 13 4 1 2 152,080 SEK  
4 8 1 2 1 911,195 SEK  
5 18 1 1 1 149,400 SEK  
6 6 2 1 1 188,963 SEK  
7 (NZ) 3 2 0 0 NZ$67,857 1:57.6
Total 48 10 5 5 NZ$325,742  
At 4 Won Danish Trav- Derby (Gr.1); 3rd Grand Circle 4-Års Championat (Gr.2).
At 7 Won NZ Trotting FFA (Gr.1), Ashburton Trotters Mile (Gr.3).
Ganymede
1994
Buvetier d' Aunou
1989
Royal Prestige
1983
Speedy Crown
1968
Speedy Scot
Missile Toe
Rosemary
1975
Nevele Pride
Lovestar
Nesmile
1979
Caprior
1968
Feu Follet X
Ninia
Amours du Mesnil
1966
L'as du Mesnil
Pin Up du Mesnil
Udames
1986
Quioco
1960
Vermont
1943
Javari
Action
Beatrix II
1945
Lord Williams
Psappha
Gadames
1972
Kerjacques
1954
Quinio
Arlette III
Jabel
1953
Au Vent
Capri II
Elegant Lady
1997
Sugarcane Hanover
1983
Florida Pro
1975
Arnie Almahurst
1970
Speedy Scot
Ambitious Blaze
Promissory
1971
Dartmouth
Proud Emily
Sugar Hanover
1977
Super Bowl
1969
Stars Pride
Pillow Talk
Surrey Hanover
1964
Hoot Mon
Sidra Hanover
Lady Svenstrup
1984
Francis Senator
1960
Casino The Great
1937
Pastime
Marie The Great
Rosita Senator
1951
Vulcain
F F
Candy H
1976
Anastasius
1960
Clipper Hanover
Annatola
Roma Orbit
1970
Newport Orbit
Elaine Roy

With Peak being European bred he will predominantly be an outcross for the trotting broodmare population of New Zealand and Australia.

That said, his sire Ganymede (the two-time champion sire of France) is a grandson of the top American bred trotting sire Royal Prestige - so a great-grandson of the immortal Speedy Crown.

Peak’s dam is by the outstanding American bred sire Sugarcane Hanover, a son of Florida Pro who in turn is a son of Arnie Almahurst.

Peak’s dam-line and the dam-line of his sire are very much European.

We feel that with this pedigree of the European outcross blood tempered with several outstanding North American sires and sire-lines, Peak presents a number of wide-ranging and exciting options for breeders.

In our opinion, the sound options for Peak are many and varied – but there are still opportunities to take advantage of proven crosses with the North American elements of his pedigree and also with what is proven to be successful for his own sire (Ganymede).

Such has been the dominance of Sundon in this part of the world, it’s virtually a prerequisite for trotting sires in New Zealand and Australia to be able to cross with his daughters.

We feel Peak is a sound option for daughters of Sundon and for mares with Sundon close up in their pedigree. Peak’s dam is by the outstanding sire Sugarcane Hanover. He is a grandson of Arnie Almahurst – as is Sundon. This double-up is appealing – Stent is a current superstar that carries a double-up of Arnie Almahurst.

What’s more Peak is from the Speedy Crown sire-line via Royal Prestige. Sundon has crossed very well with the Speedy Crown sire-line in general and also specifically via Royal Prestige (eg the former top trotter Last Sunset is by Sundon from a daughter of Royal Prestige).

Also, Ganymede’s best performer in Norway is from a daughter of Pine Chip (a son of Arndon as is Sundon).

The same logic should apply for daughters of Keystone Salute (a son of Florida Pro) and also mares by Pine Chip and his son Dream Vacation etc

One thing that certainly stands out when looking through the progeny of Ganymede in Europe is that many of his best performers are out of mares from the Speedy Crown line. For this reason, we feel Peak (a son of Ganymede) should cross well with Speedy Crown line mares – eg daughters of Armbro Invasion, Gee Whiz, Straphanger, Pernod Eden etc

Notably, a number of these top performers out of mares from the Speedy Crown line are via Speedy Somolli. As such mares from the Valley Victory line should also be sound options – eg Muscles Yankee, Dr Ronerail (out of a mare by Royal Prestige), Great Success, Simon Roydon etc

In Australia, the $195,000 winning trotter Vincennes is by Ganymede from a daughter of Lindy Lane (a son of Valley Victory).

Ganymede has also sired several top horses from mares by Royal Troubadour. This would indicate Peak should cross well with mares by a son of Royal Troubadour (eg C R Commando) or other Super Bowl line mares (eg daughters of Britewell, Malabar Maple and Continentalman)

There is no reason why mares representing complete outcrosses will not be good options for Peak. These mares include those by sires from the Balanced Image line (eg Earl, Monarchy, Yankee Paco and Brylin Boyz), mares by Angus Hall and his son Majestic Son, mares by S J’s Photo and his son Pegasus Spur and also mares by Chiola Hanover. It should be remembered that most of these sires have Speedy Crown close up in their pedigrees or the mares themselves will have Sundon, Gee Whiz etc as the sire of their second or third dam – so the successful crosses mentioned above most likely will apply to them as well.

As we say, lots of attractive options.