Rugged Peak Wins

Rugged Peak Wins

Bruce Stewart

Rugged Peak cleared maiden ranks at Ascot Park today in only his second start for young trainer driver Brad Williamson.

Williamson has had the chestnut mare since she was a late two year old after the horse was broken in by Stephen Boyd.

“She’s taken a long time to get trotting and is still a work in progress but she does have her share of ability,” he said.

Rugged Peak began well and was left wide early before sitting parked outside Eilish Hall. Williamson then took Rugged Peak to the lead with 1700 metres to run.

“She was a little bit unsafe at times during the running. There were a few times when I felt I may have lost her but to her credit she kept trotting.”

Rugged Peak leading with a lap to run – Photo Bruce Stewart

She held on to beat Kiwi Heir by a neck and Williamson says the plan is to give the mare a spell now and let her develop.

“Hopefully with a bit of a break and time to strengthen she’ll come back better. She does wear pretty heavy shoes in front and I would like to change that but she just needs to get a bit more confidence.”

Rugged Peak (7) winning for Brad Williamson – Photo Bruce Stewart

Returning to the birdcage – Photo Bruce Stewart

With some of the winning Griffins Syndicate – Photo Bruce Stewart

Rugged Peak is by Peak out of the Sundon mare Rugged Cross and was bred by the Grice Brothers. She’s raced by the Griffins Syndicate. They have also leased a half-brother by Bacardi Lindy named Donald Trump.

The syndicate also races evergreen trotter Monty Python which will start at Oamaru tomorrow and they also own Dark Horse which holds a nomination for the Dominion at Addington in November.

Williamson is only in his third season of training and has fifteen horses in work at his Oamaru stable.

“You start off with problem horses and do your best to get what you can out of them and then you hope you can get young quality stock sooner rather than later.”

Stable star and recently announced Otago Trotter of the Year Cracker Hill is back in work. He ran second in the Group One Two Year Old Ruby and Group Two Sires Stakes Championship.

“He had three months off and he’s just being jogged up. He’ll be ready to race over Christmas time. We’re hoping to target the big races this year. He’s put on a lot of weight and really beefed up. He’d be a hundred kilos heavier.”

Williamson also bought three quality trotting yearlings at this year’s Yearling Sales. They include a Love You colt which he paid $55,000 for, out of Allegro Agitato – the winner of twenty one races and  $446,899. in stakes.  

He also purchased for $42,000 a Love You filly out of Sierra Roydon the dam of quality trotter Show Gait. The third purchase was a Sebastian K filly out of nine win Wrestle mare Phoebe Revival for $10,000.

Williamson said all three horses and been syndicated.

“Hopefully one of them shows up later in the two year old season. That would be perfect.”