The Group 1 Stradbroke Hcp (1400m) will be the next goal for Trust In A Gust when he returns from an injury-enforced spell.
Senior part-owner David Speechley revealed his spring sensation will return to work for eight weeks of pre-training at Warrnambool before transferring to Darren Weir’s Ballarat base.
“This spell is doing him the world of good,” Speechley said. “He will probably have one run in Sydney at weight-for-age before heading to Queensland. The Stradbroke is worth $2 million next year.”
Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) starred at the spring carnival with back-to-back victories in the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and G1 Toorak Hcp (1600m) but a near-fore leg injury derailed plans for G1 the Emirates Stakes (1600m).
X-rays revealed no chips or fractures and an MRI revealed minor bone bruising.
Trust In A Gust has been perfectly placed by Weir while building up a tremendous strike-rate of 10 wins from 17 starts. He dominated the VOBIS Gold calendar last season collecting over $500,000 in prizemoney and bonuses before graduating to Group 1 company.
The son of Greta West stallion Keep The Faith will likely retire to stud himself for the 2015 covering season and connections are keen for him to remain in Victoria.