There will be no 2015 Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival campaign for Trust In A Gust this season after the Darren Weir-trained Group 1 winner was ruled out with injury.
The five-year-old Keep The Faith stallion was down to resume in the $400,000 Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse on August 29, but instead must undergo surgery for a bone chip.
A winner of 10 of his 19 career starts to date, Trust In A Gust is best known for his two elite level victories with success in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Toorak Handicap double at Caulfield last Spring.
He returned to racing on August 8 but could only manage to run five and half lengths away seventh first-up behind the Tony McEvoy-trained Shiraz in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington.
Weir did subsequent tests on his $1.14 million winner after the below par return, the results of which revealed Trust In A Gust’s bone chip with the 2016 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival majors now the focus.
“Sadly injury has sidelined Trust In A Gust for the spring, with revised plan to re-launch for autumn 2016,” Weir tweeted this week.
Also out with injury is Trust In a Gust’s regular rider Brad Rawiller who tore an abductor muscle in the mounting yard at Bendigo on Sunday and could miss up to three weeks.
Trust In A Gust was nominated for the $3 million Group 1 W.S. Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley on October 24 and paid $51 in the futures markets at Ladbrokes.com.au for the weight-for-age classic.
Cox Plate betting is currently led by Peter Chapple-Hyman’s European galloper Arod who was last seen running second to Solow in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood in late July and the Godolphin-raced Chipping Norton Stakes – Ranvet Stakes winner Contributer at $10 each.
While Trust In A Gust has been ruled out there’s still a top-class Memsie Stakes line-up expected for the season’s opening elite level with other possible hopefuls in the weight-for-age feature including Australian Guineas runner-up Alpine Eagle, Queensland Derby winner Magicool and imported 2013 Caulfield Cup runner-up Dandino returning from a lengthy injury-enforced spell.
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