Monday, 18 August 2014
Trust In A Gust was a clear winner of the VOBIS Racehorse of the Year award at the Crown Entertainment Complex on Sunday.
The Darren Weir trained sprinter has been a superb advertisement for the Scheme.
Trust In A Gust started the season winning bonuses at Echuca and Stawell prior to finishing fourth in the LR Gothic Stakes at Caulfield in October.
The son of Greta West Stud stallion Keep The Faith then won the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Ballarat and VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Caulfield before completing a hat-trick in the Chandler Macleod Stakes at Moonee Valley in January.
He was also runner-up in the VOBIS Gold Eldorado at Wangaratta in March and VOBIS Gold Reef at Flemington in April.
"It's a great scheme – the prizemoney and bonuses are terrific," Weir said on more than one occasion during the season. "It's an initiative that gives so much back to owners and that's what it's all about."
Trust In A Gust (3c Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) won 6 of his 10 starts for earnings of $453,000 last season. The value of VOBIS was borne out by the fact only two of those wins were in the metro area.
He was a $45,000 buy for Weir at the 2012 Melbourne Premier yearling sale. His dam is a USA bred three-quarter sister to Balanchine (Storm Bird) who won the 1994 Irish Derby and English Oaks for Sheikh Mohammed.
Greta West Stud will stand Keep The Faith for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee this year.
TRUST IN A GUST