Sunset Peak and David Butcher hold out Sertorius and Joshua Dickie in the Greenlane Cup. Photo: Trish Dunell.
There was no punctured tyre to stop Sunset Peak from winning tonight’s $30,000 Group 3 Greenlane Trotting Cup at Alexandra Park.
The daughter of Sundon made every post a winner in front tonight in the hands of trainer David Butcher and held off a late challenge from Sertorius deep in the stretch.
Last week, in the Northern Breeders Stakes, Sunset Peak carried a flat tyre for all but 100 metres of the 2700-metre trip but still fought on bravely for 4th.
“She felt super most of the race but it told down the straight. She was tired by the end of it,” said Butcher of last week’s effort.
But it was a case of the stars aligning for them tonight, he reckoned.
“It was as good it could possibly have been for us tonight.
“She worked well during the week and I was really happy with her and then it all fell in to place for us on the track.”
This is the second northern stint for Sunset Peak, who is raced by Christchurch builder and hobby trainer Paul McDonald.
She won five races for Butcher during her first stint in the north before heading home to McDonald in September.
“She ended up going off at the end of her last campaign up here,” said Butcher.
“She was sick of chasing them off long marks and had just had enough.”
McDonald was initially going to put her in foal but decided to race on as his father suffered ailing health.
Butcher believes the Rowe Cup and Anzac Cup are a bridge too far for the game mare but he will continue pottering around with her to try and send more money McDonald’s way.
“Originally she was better left-handed but she’s trotting a lot better right-handed now.”
Princess Mackendon, disqualified from second last week, got redemption with a fast-finishing third in the hands of Tony Cameron.