There may be concerns about the first-up run of Trust In A Gust in Saturday’s Australia Stakes but if all goes well the 2016 CF Orr Stakes is next on the cards for the Darren Weir-trained Group 1 winner.
The five-year-old Keep The Faith stallion enjoyed an elite level double in the spring of 2014 taking out the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.
His career since has been plagued by injuries and setbacks restricting the galloper to just two runs, the latest of which was a seventh to Shiraz in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington last October.
He is accepted to return to racing on Saturday at Moonee Valley in the $200,000 Group 2 Jeep Australia Stakes (1200m), the 13-starter field attracting a total of four previous Group 1 winners.
Trust In A Gust has a gun Moonee Valley record of two wins and a second from three runs at the track and is also a flyer first-up with a resuming record of two wins and two seconds from five attempts.
Despite all that Swettenham Stud’s principal and part-owner Adam Sangster has concerns about how Trust In A Gust will go after so long off the scene.
“I just (think it will) be a little bit watch and see how he goes, because he’s come back from a long spell off,” he told Racing Victoria.
“He had a significant injury on the way up to Brisbane when he tried to hop out of a crate on the way, on the tarmac at Tullamarine, so he did injure himself there and he has been off for a while.
“He’s come back, Darren Weir and the team up in Warrnambool are very happy with him.”
Trust In A Gust suffered an early blow drawing the outside barrier 13 on Saturday with the horse’s Toorak Handicap winning hoop Brad Rawiller continuing his association.
Current Australia Stakes betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au are led by Gary Portelli‘s firming favourite Rebel Dane ($3.30) who has been set for this for a while and should get a sweet run from his midfield barrier six draw with Brenton Avdulla in the saddle.
Trust In A Gust can be found further down the Australia Stakes odds at $9.
All going well with the horse future Melbourne Autumn Racing Carnival plans involve targeting the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes – Futurity Stakes double, the features both run over 1400m at Caulfield Racecourse on February 13 and 27 respectively.
“We’re looking at the Orr, the Futurity and who knows we can go up to Brisbane (for the Winter Carnival) again, but we’ll probably float him up this time,” Sangster added.
To date Trust In A Gust has won 10 of his 19 starts for $1.14 million in prize money and will retire at Swettenham Stud post-racing.
“He will be a great addition to the Swettenham roster, and I’ve got to say raced down here, he was the VOBIS Gold sweetheart during his early career,” Sangster said.
“(His) bloodline, Sunday Silence cross with Storm Cat mares, is just what the world is really excited (about).”
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