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Pepper Tree and Alabar strengthen Partnership

03:40 PM 02 Mar 2016 NZDT
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Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter and Roll With Joe
Alabar to now stand Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter and Roll With Joe

Pepper Tree Farm is excited to be partnering with Alabar for the stud future of these three world class young harness racing sires – Sportswriter, Rock N Roll Heaven and Roll With Joe.

“Alabar has been keen to be involved with these exciting stallions and the timing was right for us to move forward together with our plans,” announced Pepper Tree Farm principal Rob Vandyke.

“After 20 years of standing sires at Pepper Tree Farm, my wife Julie and I were looking to reduce our physical workload while maintaining our commitment to and financial investment in these great young sires.”

“With our long standing and highly successful partnership with Alabar in Art Major, we knew this was the partnership we wanted for these young sires. With their outstanding reputation at the forefront of the Standardbred breeding industry, including their large client base and their farm in New Zealand, Alabar can value add to the careers of these young stallions.”

Alabar will stand the stallions and they will be marketed under the Alabar umbrella. Alan Galloway, owner of Alabar, could not be more pleased.

“We are always looking to increase the quality of the stallions we can offer to our clients,” stated Alan.

“It is not often you get the opportunity to manage three quality young stallions such as Rock N Roll Heaven, Sportswriter and Roll With Joe. We are extremely thankful to Rob, Julie and the whole team at Pepper Tree Farm for this opportunity and we cannot wait to offer these stallions to our clients.”

Pepper Tree Farm, who recently sold one of their properties as part of the planned stud reduction, will continue to operate as a smaller, boutique Standardbred stud farm with permanent resident mares.

“We remain committed to the Standardbred breeding industry and to the future of these world class young sires and look forward to their progress and journey in partnership with Alabar,” said Rob.

Rock N Roll Heaven p2, 1:50.4; 3, 1:47.6 - $2,748,818

  • 2014/15 Australia’s Leading First Crop Sire and 2nd overall.
  • Sire of 6 Group winners, incl two Group 1 winners, from his debut Australian crop.
  • Sire of 2015 USTA 3yo Filly of the Year Divine Caroline from his debut North American crop.

Sportswriter p2, 1:49.4; 3, 1:48.6 - $1,566,460

  • 2015 Leading Ontario Sires Stakes Pacing Stallion.
  • 2014/15 Leading Australian 2yo Sire by winners.
  • 2014/15 Leading NSW Sire.

Roll With Joe p2, 1:53.2; 3, 1:48.4 - $1,805,102

  • USTA 3yo Pacing Colt of the Year.
  • Full brother to Bettor’s Delight.
  • Debut crop of 2yos dominated New York Sires Stakes program – Leading money winning 2yo Pacing Sire in New York in 2015.

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