If ever a stallion has truly represented all the strengths of the nation's most powerful racing industry, it is Trust In A Gust.
A dual Group One winner in the Melbourne spring who raced out of Victoria's most successful stable, Trust In A Gust will stand from this spring at Swettenham Stud, located in the state's all conquering north east region.
This really is a case of the home-bred returning home. Foaled down at Swettenham's Nagambie complex, Trust In A Gust is by resident Sunday Silence stallion, Keep The Faith; he boasts an impeccable pedigree and was sold by the farm as a yearling.
The usual line here is to say that the "rest is history" but if racing record, character and catalogue page are any guide, there is a lot more history to be made with Trust In A Gust.
Trained by Darren Weir, Trust In A Gust became a poster boy for Melbourne's spring when he first captured the Group One Rupert Clarke over 1400m at Caulfield before next start doubling up again at elite level with a victory in the time honoured Toorak Handicap over 1600m.
The Rupert Clarke, in particular, figures prominently as a "stallion maker" with Encosta de Lago, Testa Rossa and Exceed And Excel all taking out the race, while rising Victorian sires such as Turffontein and Toorak Toff were also winners of the race which tests both speed and strength.
"Trust In A Gust showed plenty of promise from the start but really hit his straps as a three year old, with six wins and two seconds from 10 starts" Darren Weir reveals. "The point to note here are the names of some of the races he won: the VOBIS Gold Eureka, VOBIS Gold Star, VOBIS Gold Sprint and the VOBIS Gold Carat at Caulfield." This is the ideal VOBIS stallion and don't let anyone kid you......one of the first things a trainer looks for at a sale is the VOBIS sticker! I loved this horse's courage: in a tight finish he was the one you wanted to be on. He's sound, tough.....the perfect sort of horse trainers are always looking for."
Winding up his racing career with 10 wins and over $1.1 million in stakes - including victories over top liners such as Horse of the Year Dissident, multiple Group One winner Lucky Hussler, Galaxy winner - Sweet Idea and co.
Trust In A Gust is the most successful son of the popular Keep The Faith, a renowned source of precocious types. What's more, his dam Subtle Breeze - by world champion sire, Storm Cat - is a three quarter relation to European Horse of the Year, Balanchine.
This is a rock solid black type family featuring outstanding northern hemisphere performers, ultimately providing breeders with the best of both worlds.
Trust In A Gust? You bet you can!
Trust In A Gust will stand at an introductory fee of $12,500 inc. GST while lifetime breeding rights are also available for just $25,000 inc. GST.
For further information on Trust In A Gust, please phone Adam Sangster on 0418 543 633, Brian Gorman - General Manager, on 0429 660 266 or Rachel Spriggens - Nominations, on 0479 054 649