Rawiller joins the Trust In A Gust Party

He had to forgo the Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup ride on Trust In A Gust, but Brad Rawiller got his Group 1 aboard the tenacious stallion in Saturday’s David Jones NBCF Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield.

The Darren Weir-trained galloper made it back-to-back Group 1 wins when he defeated Speediness and Desert Jeuney in the $400,000 event.

Damian Lane had riding honours in the Sir Rupert Clarke, as Rawiller couldn’t make his 52kg, but Australia’s premier rider got back aboard when Lane was suspended and Trust In A Gust was allotted 56.5kg.

“He’s just outstanding this bloke and to get on this horse and to get a Group 1 for Darren Weir, I’m just wrapt,” Rawiller said.

“This bloke, I say it every time I ride because he keeps winning, but he’s just so honest. What you see is what you get and I’m just so rapt for the stable.”

Trust In A Gust, heavily-backed from $5.50 to start $4.60 favourite, scored by three quarters of a length from $19 chance Speediness with Desert Jeuney ($61) a half-neck back third.

The victory was the 17th Group 1 win for Rawiller and the second for Trust In A Gust, who became the ninth horse to complete the Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup-Toorak Handicap double and first since Barely A Moment in 2005.

The four-year-old son of Keep The Faith, a $45,000 purchase, has now won 10 of his 17 starts and the $240,000 winner’s cheque took his career earnings to $1,107,650.

“What a ride, what a great horse to train,” Weir said. “He’s sound, tough and makes his own luck. He’s the perfect sort of horse for what trainers are looking for.

“It’s great for everyone involved, all the staff at home that work hard and great bunch of owners. Big thanks to John Foote for picking him out as a yearling and it’s just been a great ride for a lot of people.”

Story supplied by from Racing.com


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