Winners by Design at Oaklands
The Swettenham Stud sire has 19 lots entered for Oaklands Junction and one of his stars is the half-brother to Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust (Lot 546) being sold next Tuesday afternoon. The colt looks as good as his pedigree and he will be a busy boy parading for prospective owners and trainers during inspections this week.
The Master Of Design – Subtle Breeze colt is Super VOBIS nominated – just like Trust In A Gust who was a VOBIS Gold pin-up as a three year-old in 2013-14. The Darren Weir trained star returned in the spring to win the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and G1 Toorak Hcp at Caulfield.
Trust In A Gust (Keep The Faith) is on track to resume racing in the G1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 27. "He’s as good as gold down at Warrnambool,” stable foreman Jeremy Rogers said. "He will probably have a jump-out a couple of weeks before the first-up run at Moonee Valley.”
Trust In A Gust will be set for a winter campaign comprising the G1 BTC Cup (1200m), G1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and G1 Stradbroke Hcp (1350m) before retiring to stud later this year.
Another Master of Design yearling from Swettenham with a recent VOBIS update is his filly from The Loan Express (Lot 566). Her older half-brother Fast Cash won the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Moonee Valley last month for Euroa syndicator Ken King.
Master Of Design also has a half-sister to Fontein Ruby (Lot 74) going under the hammer at Oaklands. Trainer Robert Smerdon is setting the G2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner for a Group 1 campaign that includes the Australian Guineas and Queen Of The Turf Stakes.
Swettenham’s entire draft of 50 yearlings will be available for inspection at Barn F at Oaklands Junction as from Tuesday, February 24.