Respected bloodstock expert Steve Brem has passed away at 69, following a long-term illness
Brem was a former racing journalist, bloodstock adviser and stud manager in New Zealand before being recruited by Gai Waterhouse to bring more stud-owned racing stock into her stable.
While in Waikato, he became involved with the New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association and held the position of Secretary on the Waikato branch before becoming the first National Secretary of the NZTBA based in Wellington.
Brem was then Managing Director at Waikato Stud before moving on to Haunui Farm for 10 years.
While with the Gai Waterhouse camp, Brem regularly inspected yearlings and gave advice on bloodlines suitable for the stable and its vast numbers of clients.
He also was a popular figure with stable clients and Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbred’s as he liaised between the owners and the stable. He also worked as a media liaison.
Brem was instrumental in the selection of star gallopers D’Argento, winner of the Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m), and top-flight filly Fiesta, the winner of the Gr 2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) and Gr.3 Widden Stakes (1100m).