Gust blows away Ballarat rivals

Trust In A Gust became the first winner of this season’s $1.8 million VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series after claiming today’s $100,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Sportsbet-Ballarat.

By taking home the lion’s share of the $30,000 Super VOBIS bonus on top of the $60,000 first prize money, the son of Keep The Faith has now won just under $200,000 in seven career starts.

Speaking after the strong front-running performance, trainer Darren Weir said Trust In A Gust was a real advertisement for Victoria’s VOBIS Gold bonus scheme.

“He hasn’t won a city race but he’s won all that prize money,” Weir said. “Hopefully he’ll make it into a regular city horse one day.

“We always had this race in the back of our minds and with the VOBIS Gold and Super VOBIS bonuses it is just terrific prize money.

“There are a lot of syndicates from Ballarat in the horse, a lot of young people which is terrific.”

Sent straight to the front on the heavy track by jockey Brad Rawiller, Trust In A Gust ($2.05F) travelled strongly before opening up a three length break on his rivals at the top of the home straight.

Though last season’s VOBIS Gold Ingot (1200m) winner Churchill Dancer ($6) tried his hardest, he couldn’t make any impression on the leader with Trust In A Gust holding him by 2.8 lengths on the line, with Gambaccini ($11) a further three lengths away in third.

Courtesy of Ben Asgari -

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