The Still Up And Coming Zabeel gelding

During autumn 2014, an unassuming gelding named Tremec (Zabeel x Tipple) beat all but the best stayer of the time The Offer in the Group 2 Chairman’s Stakes at Randwick. The following year Tremec came back to the same track and won the race. Also, what is amazing is the year before Tremec was defeated by The Offer, back in 2013, he won the race also! In the 2013 edition of the race, riding by Craig Newitt, the gelding won and won well while in the process of winning the 2015 Chairman’s, Tremec beat the gun stayer Sir John Hawkwood and the future Group 1 winner Grand Marshall. Now, a year and a bit later after two wins and a 2nd in this traditional Sydney Cup lead up race, Tremec is entrenched in the Eric Musgrove stable and looks set for a career over the jumps.

By Zabeel out of a Stravinsky mare, Tremec is your quintessential Kiwi and it is not surprising he was one of the top lots at the 2010 Karaka Premier Sale fetching $400,000 at the famous sale. He has since pocketed well over half a million dollars on the track, he has won three Stakes races, and as just a seven-year-old he has a big future ahead in the Musgrove camp.

We have established that Tremec can stay, but can he jump? Just because they can stay it does not mean they can jump. This is the beauty of jumps trials and the education and schooling process trials. In two hurdle trials, Tremec has finished 2nd and 1st and he has jumped really well. Just to top him off, Eric gave him a run over 2600m at Flemington on the flat and he performed admirably showing he could still gallop as well as now jump.

Tremec is very indicative of the kind of horses that are now populating Australia’s jumping ranks. Better quality horses that are taught to jump properly produce better jumps racing. Horses in England are either bred to be jumpers or flat horses. When the then connections bid $400,000 for a Zabeel colt that turned out to be Tremec many moons ago, they probably did not envisage a jumps career. But this is what is making our jumps industry great. Tremec, despite well and truly being a Group Class stayer may have reached his mark on the flat. He will now be educated over the jumps by the best in the business, and if at the end of a feature jumps race in the future, two horses are battling out the finish, being on a multiple Group 2 winner with a touch of class certainly can’t hurt!

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