A Great Two Days

At two tracks located 400km apart on consecutive days, the Eric Musgrove team recorded two wins last week. The two horses Oscar’s My Mate Pa and Tremec are both geldings, and they are both trained by Eric, but apart from that they don’t have much in common. Oscar started at about 5-1 and demonstrated his elegant cruising speed and in turn gave his rivals no chance over 1500m at Sandown. While Tremec at 3-1 on ($1.33) looped the field in the feature hurdle and won like the good thing that he was based on his odds.

Oscar’s My Mate Pa did what very few horses do these days in that he led from start to finish at Sandown. The gelding was perfectly balanced for the entirety of the race, and the way he maintained his momentum and his balance was indicative of a very good and indeed fast horse. But what is even more remarkable is that this horse was burdened with 60kg. When a horse has such a big weight, especially on a wet track, it is near on impossible to duck and weave and be held up and potentially still win. Beau Mertens gave the gelding the absolutely perfect ride. The gun young hoop bounced Oscar out of the gates, he let the son of Ne Coupez Pas stride and when it was time to really urge his mount along, Beau remained calm and the horse did the rest. This was a brilliant display of front running as well as a marvellous effort by both horse and rider. Well done to all.

Then the next day at the frightening odds of $1.33, the classy stayer turned jumper Tremec performed brilliantly to record his debut jumps win at Casterton. Tremec, ridden by Steve Pateman, sat off his rivals for the first half of the race but all the while he was jumping perfectly and simply waiting for his time to pounce. With the passing of every furlong, Tremec just kept getting closer and closer and eventually, Pateman let the brakes off and the multiple Stakes winner went bang. He picked up his rivals very easily, he continued to jump soundly and the gelding ended up running away the easiest of six length winners. This win will do wonders for Tremec’s confidence. He had been thereabouts to date in his jumps career, but now we have seen what he can do when he is at his best, there is no doubt Eric will aim him at bigger and better feature jumps races in the future.

Congratulations to all the owners of these two horses. Both are in form, both look as if they can still improve ever so slightly and both seemingly have big futures ahead. Oscar has traits that all trainers dream of… he is fast, he is well balanced and above all he is tenacious. As far as Tremec goes, well he could be anything. The way he won and the faith the punters showed in him indicates he indeed is a jumper on the rise. It certainly was a good week!

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