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Heaven Rocks New Zealand

18 April 2016

Heaven Rocks (Rock N Roll Heaven x Mendelico) bred by Benstud Standardbreds, trained by Mark Purdon & Natalie Rasmussen, owned by Mrs GJ Kennard, PI Kennard, PJ Creighton, Mrs MC Creighton, GR Douglas & KJ Riseley became Rock N Roll Heaven's 9th Stakes winner from his debut crop (3YO's)


Heaven Rocks won the Alabar Southern Supremacy Stakes Final for 3YO Colts & Geldings Group 2 at Invercargill, New Zealand


Contact Alabar Australia for bookings for the 2016/17 Breeding Season

Pepper Tree Farm And Alabar strengthen Partnership

2 March 2016


APG Sydney Yearling Sale Photos

17 February 2015

Pepper Tree Farm will be offering a draft of 25 quality yearlings. Photos will be taken Thursday & Friday & will be available shortly after on the Pepper Tree Farm Facebook site & also on the APG Sydney Yearling Sales Online Guide.


Lot 475 Art Major x Keppel Bay Colt will be sold after Lot 238 on the day.

Roll With Joe first crop winner

18 December 2015 Roll With Joe

Roll With Joe made an impressive start to his Southern Hemisphere first crop to the racetrack when his first starter scored a win at Bathurst.

Owned and bred by Lex Crosby, the 2YO filly Im With Lexy ( Roll With Joe x Lexys Laughing) was sent out favourite and did not disappoint, coming home in a mile rate of 1:58.6 and a 5 metre margin to second.

Im With Lexy is the half-sister to 2015 NSW 3YO of the Year, Read About Lexy ( by Sportswriter) who won the Group 2 NSW Breeders Challenge Blue final as a 2YO and the Bathurst Gold Bracelet, Raith Memorial and a heat of the Victoria Oaks at 3YO before a career ending injury send her to the breeding barn with an impressive $153,718 in earnings and a record of 1:53.5.

Breeders Crown Quinella for Heaven

24 October 2015 Rock N Roll Heaven

The 2015 USA Breeders Crown for 3YO Fillies saw a dominant quinella for Rock N Roll Heaven fillies with Divine Caroline taking out the event ahead of Sassa Hanover.

The $500,000 Breeders Crown was the fourth consecutive victory for Divine Caroline which began with her win in a division of the Bluegrass at The Red Mile in Kentucky and took her career earnings to  $714,264.

2015 Jugette winner, Sassa Hanover had to settle for second in the Breeders Crown but took her career earnings to $908,737.

Jugette victory to Heaven filly

24 September 2015 Rock N Roll Heaven

Rock N Roll Heaven filly, Sassa Hanover has set a new two heat world record in taking out the $252,250 2015 Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds.

After taking out her Jugette elimination earlier in the day, Sassa Hanover posted an opening quarter of 26.8 in the final from her pole position and fought off all challenges before pulling away in the straight for a convincing win.

The victory boosted her lifetime earnings to $794,811. Her driver, Matt Kakaley said: "She felt awesome again today.....

With this horse I don't think a half-mile or any other size track makes a difference because she is so good."

Harness Racing NSW Awards

20 September 2015 Sportswriter

The Harness Racing NSW Awards night saw Sportswriter named NSW Sire of the Year and his daughter, Read About Lexy take out both the 3YO Filly of the Year and overall NSW 3YO of the Year.

Sportswriter had an outstanding first crop year in 2014 being leading Australian First Crop sire and Leading Australian 2YO Sire by winners - with 33 individual 2YO winners. He followed this up with 58 individual 3YO winners and over $980,000 in prizemoney in the 14/15 season.

Congratulations to Read About Lexy's owner/breeder Mr Lex Crosby on attaining these awards with his great filly. Read About Lexy had a wonderful 2YO season in 2014 including setting a new Australian 2YO Fillies record at 1:54.6. She was in scorching form in her 3YO season including a dominant win in a heat of the Victoria Oaks before suffering a career ending injury.


Group 2 victories to Pepper Tree Farm sires

14 September 2015 Rock N Roll Heaven and Sportswriter

It was a clean sweep for Pepper Tree Farm sires when their progeny took out both of the Group 2 Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic finals at Tabcorp Park Melton on Friday night.

The 3YO Colts and Geldings final saw a convincing win for Roll With It (Rock N Roll Heaven x Dazed and Confused) who coasted to the line for an 18.50 metre victory over race favourite, Lewis Lane. With a 27.9 final quarter, Roll With It was described by the race commentator as having "brilliant acceleration" as he flew around most of the field to take the lead on the home turn and then draw away.

The classy colt, who finished his 2YO season with a win at Bendigo on 30 July in the Bertocchi 2YO Pace, made it 2 starts for 2 wins so far in his 3YO season.

The 3YO Fillies final was taken out by Perfectly Written (Sportswriter x Perfecshon) in 1:57.3 with driver Jason Lee positioning the fillly well behind the race leader and then pouncing on the sprint lane for a 3.50 metre victory.

Perfectly Written had 4 starts for 2 wins in her 2YO season including a 1:55.6 win on debut at Tabcorp Park Menangle.


Congratulations to Roll With Joe auction winner

7 September 2015 Roll With Joe

Congratulations to Fiona Kerr who was the winning bidder in the Roll With Joe service fee auction as part of the Jim Webb Fundraiser.

With Roll With Joe's book full and closed for the 2015 season, the auction attracted a lot of attention and it was great to see it raise the grand amount of $7100 towards the funds to assist trainer Jim Webb following his serious accident at Bankstown track in June this year.

Thank you to all those who bid in the auction and supported the fundraising efforts.

2015 Sires Lists - Great Results

1 September 2015 Sportswriter and Rock N Roll Heaven

The 2014/15 Australian Sires Lists saw wonderful final results for Pepper Tree Farm sires, Sportswriter and Rock N Roll Heaven.

Sportswriter, who was 2014 leading Australian 2YO Sire by winners, had 16 2YO winners and over $280,000 prizemoney for the 14/15 season. His three year olds also performed very well with 58 3YO winners and $908,069 in prizemoney including a Group 1 victory with Niki No No in the Victoria Oaks. Sportswriter was 4th on the 3YO Sires List.


Rock N Roll Heaven with his debut Southern Hemisphere crop had an amazing season with 21 individual 2YO winners including two Group 1 winners (Jilliby Jitterbug and Heavens Trend) and three Group 2 winners. With $734,759 in prizemoney he was Leading First Crop Sire and 2nd on the overall 2YO Sires List behind only Bettors Delight.

Roll With Joe - Booked Closed for the 2015/16 Season

11 August 2015 Roll With Joe

On the back of a sensational debut of Roll With Joe's oldest crop in the Northern Hemisphere, Roll With Joe's book is now closed for off farm mares. There is a wait list should any cancellations arise.


Thank you to all breeders that have supported Roll With Joe.



Breeders Challenge Regional to Miss Nickels

26 July 2015  Sportswriter

Miss Nickels (Sportswriter x Tinted Rose) followed up some recent solid placings with a good win in the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Regional final for 3YO Fillies at Bathurst.


The filly, who won a Breeders Challenge heat as a 2YO, was recently second in the Breeders Challenge Blue final at Menangle Park but went one better in cold conditions on Sunday at the Bathurst track where six $20,000 finals were decided. Making it four wins so far this season, Miss Nickels boosted her prizemoney earnings to $46,022 with the win.

Her sire, Sportswriter is currently in third position on the Australian 3YO Sires list with 54 winners and over $830,000 in progeny earnings.


Tatlow Victory for Heaven filly

17 July 2015 Rock N Roll Heaven

Rocknroll Magic (Rock N Roll Heaven x All The Magic) made it six wins from the 9 starts when she took out the Group 2 Tatlow Stakes in fine style at Tabcorp Park Melton. 


Favourite for the race, Rocknroll Magic showed good gate speed to get to the lead early and maintained that position before coming away for an 11 metre victory. The Emma Stewart trained filly has since backed this win up with victory in the semi-final of the Southern Cross 2YO Fillies at Betezy Park Globe Derby, boosting her earnings to $93,181. Earlier in the season this impressive filly was third in the Group 1 Vicbred 2YO Fillies final.


Sport Report takes Group 2 final

11 July 2015  Sportswriter

Sport Report (Sportswriter x Derriwong Express) made it two wins from three starts when she took out the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge Blue final for 2YO Fillies at Tabcorp Park Menangle.


Sport Report overcame some inconvenience at the start of the race and having to race outside the leader for most of the distance, to notch a final 27.9 last quarter and post a 17 metres margin win for owner/ breeder Craig Cross. Filling the minors were Chloes Cloud (Tinted Cloud x Its OK) and Five Star Rocker (Rock N Roll Heave x Full Pleasure).

Sportswriter has 13 individual 2YO winners to date for the season and progeny earnings of over $258,000.



Off to a great start ... and on a roll

1 July 2015  Roll With Joe

With his first crop to the races, young sire Roll With Joe is on a roll with a slew of 2YO victories pushing him to the front of the First Crop Sires leaderboard in North America.


The Roll With Joe youngsters were keenly sought after at yearling sales in both Hemispheres and now they are showing why on the track.

After 4 winners in the New York Sires Stakes series at Monticello, New York on 29 June this was quickly followed up  with 2 more at Buffalo Raceway, New York on 1 July including a track record by 2YO filly, Gotmyredressontnit.

The full brother to siring sensation, Bettor’s Delight – Roll With Joe was USA 3YO of the Year and one of 3 racetrack millionaires produced by his Hall of Fame dam, Classic Wish.


Another Group 1 for Supersonic Miss

28 June 2015 PTF Graduate

Supersonic Miss (Mach Three x Bella Joy) added another Group 1 to her tally of wins when she took out the Group 1 Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Fillies final at Menangle Park.


On a glorious day’s racing which saw six Group 1 finals contested, the Pepper Tree Farm graduate made it a clean sweep for the series winning her heat, semi-final and most importantly, the final.

The filly, who was bred by the Roger Bazley Syndicate , is part of the dominant Mark Purdon stable which took out three of the Group 1 finals on the day.

Supersonic Miss was New Zealand 2YO Filly of the Year last season and her win at Menangle took her career earnings to $308,517.


Group 1 Glory for Heavens Trend

28 June 2015  Rock N Roll Heaven

The exciting 2YO filly, Heavens Trend (Rock N Roll Heaven x Trendsetter) has certainly got the harness racing industry buzzing – the crowd at Menangle Park cheering her over the line as she took out the Group 1 Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge 2YO Fillies final.


The filly, who set a new Australasian record of 1:52.1 in winning her semi-final, showed the blistering speed she has in a 26.1 first quarter in the final as she fought off a challenge for the lead by previously unbeaten filly, Our Golden Goddess before coming home in the slightly slower time of 1:52.9, which was the fastest mile rate of all the Group 1 finals on the day.

The filly whose record now reads 6 starts for 5 wins took her earnings to $125,710 with this win.

With two individual Group 1 winners already from his first Southern Hemisphere crop, Rock N Roll Heaven not only leads the First Crop Sires list but is the current leading Australian 2YO Sire.


Super Semi Victory For Supersonic Miss

20 June 2015 PTF Graduate

Supersonic Miss (Mach Three x Bella Joy) was a dominant winner in the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge 3YO Fillies Semi Final 2 tonight scorching away to a 23 metre victory over her rivals with Breeders Challenge 2YO Champion, Bamako Mali and Fountain Lakes filling the minors.


Bred by the Roger Bazley Syndicate, the filly was born and reared at Pepper Tree Farm and purchased by the Butterworth Racing Syndicate at the 2013 APG Melbourne sale.


A sensational 2YO year including winning the NZ Harness Jewels, saw her named New Zealand 2YO Filly of the Year.


Another Pepper Tree Farm graduate in My General Lee (Art Major – My Ami Lee) was also a winner on the night, taking out a semi-final of the NSW Breeders Challenge 4YO Entires and Geldings to take his winnings over the $100,000 mark.





Australasian Record For Heaven Filly

13 June 2015 Rock N Roll Heaven

Two year old filly, Heavens Trend (Rock N Roll Heaven x Trendsetter) lowered the Australasian record by more than a second when she won a semi-final of the Pepper Tree Farm NSW Breeders Challenge in 1:52.1.


Showing great speed of the barrier, Heavens Trend went through the first quarter in 27.3 and then kept up the pace with middle quarters of 28.9 and 28.2 before coming home in 27.7 for a victory which had commentators checking the record books. Incredibly her record is even faster than the current Australasian 3YO Filly record jointly held by Courageous Annie and Nike Franco at 1:52.6.


With her sire, Rock N Roll Heaven taking out a World Record at 2YO and multiple 3YO World Records, it looks like this filly is determined to follow in his footsteps.





Jitterbug To Group 1 Glory In Tough Run

2 May 2015 Rock N Roll Heaven

Rock N Roll Heaven was renowned for his speed and toughness and his daughter, Jilliby Jitterbug showed both of these qualities in taking out the Group 1 Australian Pacing Gold 2YO Fillies final.


While considered one of the favourites for the race, things certainly did not go to plan for the filly driven by young reinsman, Jason Lee for his family’s Levarg Racing Group. When polemarker Hazels Girl galloped at the start, she forced Jilliby Jitterbug who was directly behind her in the second row back through the field to last.


Lee then had to take the filly three wide in a race where the speed did not slacken including a 27.8 third quarter. Jilliby Jitterbug did not shy away from the fight and despite the tough run came away to win by 3.8 metres in a mile rate of 1:56.5 for an obviously elated Lee.


The filly, who was bred by John Starr, and born and reared at Pepper Tree Farm is out of great race mare, Keppel Bay 1:58.3 $416,151 who won both the Australian Pacing Gold and the Australasian Breeders Crown in her 2YO season.





Heavenly Apg Victories For Fillies

24 April 2015 Rock N Roll Heaven

Both semi-finals of the Australian Pacing Gold 2YO Fillies series were taken out by Rock N Roll Heaven daughters at Tabcorp Park Melton tonight.


Jilliby Jitterbug ( Rock N Roll Heaven x Keppel Bay) who was born and reared at Pepper Tree Farm took out the first semi-final in a time of 1:58.4, with another Pepper Tree Farm graduate Hazel’s Girl ( Art Major x Miss Hazel) second and Magical Delight in third. Jilliby Jitterbug was bred by John Starr and is raced by the Levarg Racing Group.


The second semi-final saw Zara’s Delight ( Rock N Roll Heaven x Barely Legal) the $2.20 favourite, sweep home ahead of Lettuce Go Pippa and Hot Shot Woman. Also born and reared at Pepper Tree Farm, Zara’s Delight was bred by Mark Denyer and is raced by Kriden Investments.





Niki No No Says Yes To Oaks Victory

19 April 2015 Sportswriter

Niki No No (Sportswriter x Benelise) notched up a second Group 1 victory taking out the 2015 Nevele R Stud Victoria Oaks at Melton.


Driven by Greg Sugars, Niki No No sped out of barrier two to an early lead but was crossed by race favourite, Makes Every Scents (Luke McCarthy). Challenges from Delightful Lana and Glenferrie Bronte kept the pressure on up front and Niki No No kept tucked in behind the leaders until the sprint lane before coming away to win by 2.8 metres in a mile rate of 1:58.3. Make Every Scents and Glenferrie Bronte filled the minors.


Niki No No took out the Group 1 Vicbred Final as a 2YO as well as a heat of the Australasian Breeders Crown before finishing fourth in the final.