Tremec (NZ) is due to be sold at auction at the Magic Million National Sale in June as part of the Patinack Farm sale and whoever buys the young stayer will have a serious stayer of the future.
Tremec holds on to the lead in the Chairman;s Quality, picture sportpix.com.au
After Saturday he is winner of the $175,000, Group 2 Schweppes Chairman’s Quality (2600m) at Randwick on Saturday and potentially the Group 1 Schweppes Sydney Cup in two weeks.
Tremec, a four-year-old gelding by the champion sire Zabeel, has been well prepared by Patinack Farm’s trainer John Thompson this season and combined with a light-weight and a perfect ride by Craig Newitt it was a very good Chairman’s win.
Newitt settled Tremec (53kg) in third while Julienas (IRE) and Nash Rawiller took the field across the top alongside Alison Road and down the back. Jim Cassidy decided he wanted the lead on the $2.10 favourite Hathras (GB) (53kg) and he went past Julienas with 1400m to run.
Tremec was still there with Newitt watching proceedings. The field turned for home and the leaders soon compounded. Newitt immediately sent Tremec forward along the rails,
Wide out on the track Blood Brotha (NZ) (55.5kg) and Michael Rodd appeared and stormed at Tremec inside. Newitt went to work on Tremec and the gelding did not flinch for one moment from the task.
At the line the two were wide apart on the track but Tremec had a half-neck over Blood Brotha (Danzighill) with Aliyana Tilde (Snitzel) (53kg) and Corey Brown third. Mourayan (IRE) (58.5kg) was fourth.
The time was 2.44.43 on the Dead track with the final 600m in 37.88. Tremec rocked punters paying $31.20 on NSW TAB.
One TAB customer was smiling handsomely after the race. They outlaid $50 on the First 4 and used multiple selections for a return of 17 percent.
They put down the following numbers for their First 4: 2,10 / 2, 3, 4,10 / 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12 / 12, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12. With the result and none of the favourites figuring in the finish, the customer walked away with just over $20,500.
A Victorian TAB customer was another of the big winners in the race, splashing out $150 on the First 4 for a return of nearly $13,000.
“The team’s done a great job with this horse. Everybody knows he has had his barrier problems but they’ve been working on that and they’ve got the job done, full credit to the horse,” said Thompson.
While Patinack are in reduction mode Thompson praised the business.
“It is great; they’ve been fantastic supporters of me and my team. No one’s ever doubted their ability they do a great job. We’ve still got a bit of water to travel under the bridge between now and the next couple of months," he said, “I’ve just got to see what Nathan does.”
He commented on fixing Tremec's dislike of the barriers.
“Just patience, he’s a typical Zabeel, a little bit claustrophobic and he does not like standing still too long,” he said.
“Unfortunately the rule in Sydney is they have got to be loaded in barrier order which is very frustrating. Once he is out he is as good as gold and he is a very promising stayer,” he said.
Thompson confirmed that Tremec will race in the Sydney Cup.
“He’s pretty one paced as they told me before the race, he’d had a month between runs so I just took the cover and it worked out good. We followed Gai’s horse [Julienas] and they quickened into the race nicely, I thought he had the race in his keeping a fair way out as long as he quickened and up the rise he showed a good turn of foot,” said Newitt.
“He would have gone another lap if I asked him to, very casual during the run, it’s just his biggest hurdle is the barriers. Today he was on his best behaviour and he got the job done.”
“The set up here now is unbelievable, it is world class and it’s just good to be back riding winners here,” he said.
Thompson produced Tremec for a win over 1900m Bm67 at Canberra on February 8th. Next was a win over 2100m Bm75 at the metropolitan meeting at Wyong on February 20th and a second placed over 2200m Bm80 at Warwick Farm on March 9th.
Tremec then took the next step winning the listed Randwick City Stakes over 2200m at Warwick Farm on March 16th.
Saturday’s win was Tremec’s sixth from 15 starts. Tremec is out of the Stravinsky mare Tipple and he has now earned stakes of $259,040.
Race 4, photofinish picture ATC