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Unbeaten Terbium upsets Zousain

He still has a way to go to match Winx but Australia might have another popular unbeaten star in its ranks following the surprise Zeditave Stakes win of Terbium at Caulfield on Saturday.

Terbium, who is listed as a grey-bay colour but appears roan as he has orange flecks through his grey coat, upset the boom colt Zousain ($1.40 favourite) to win his fourth race from as many starts and continue the fairytale story of a most unlikely racehorse.

Terbium, who started at $7.50, is the only winner sired by stallion Terango, who stands near Strathalbyn in South Australia. He is also the only winner out of his dam Serene Lass, who cost just $2000 at a dispersal sale.

Terbium and John Allen, picture Quentinjlang.com

His owner David Brook, who is the chairman of the Birdsville Racing Club, owns Terbium, Terango and Serene Lass and he raced his horses with Phillip Stokes, who has seen some slow ones by the stallion go through his stable, but was taken immediately by the oddly-coloured Terbium.

"He showed a bit from day one but you don't get ahead of yourself," Stokes said. "It's a big thrill to win a race like this for the Brook family, which have been big supporters of ours."

Although Stokes could not fault his horse, he admitted he thought he was racing for second.

"We were sort of hoping we could run a nice second," he said. "Johnny (Allen) came down and galloped him on Wednesday and we were very happy with his work. He's a super horse to do anything with."

Despite winning a Group 3 at just his fourth start, Stokes said the horse would go to the paddock and return in the spring.

"He'll be going up to the farm and having a rest. He's done an amazing job," he said.

The Zeditave Stakes presented as an ideal opportunity for Zoustar youngster Zousain to showcase his ability and stallion credentials, but instead he was left in the wake of the unlikely Terbium.

Jockey Craig Williams was clearly disappointed in the $1.40 favourite, who was beaten one-and-three-quarter lengths.

"He popped in the air instead of bouncing and going to the front and then he got into a bit of a scrimmage but then got quite aggressive and then we got into a nice running position," he explained.

"He got a little fresh later in the race but we were on the back of the eventual winner that was three-wide without cover.

"My horse did wobble around a little bit going first time left-handed going around a bend. Still I was close enough to the eventual winner on straightening but the winner put us away with race fitness.

"My fellow will derive a lot from the run also for the first time left-handed but for as good a colt as I thought he was, I don't think those excuses were enough for him to be beaten the margin he was."

 
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