A dual Group One winner in the Melbourne spring who raced out of Victoria’s most successful stable, Trust In A Gust has been retired and will start stallion duties this spring at Swettenham Stud at Nagambie.

This really is a case of the home-bred returning home. Foaled down at Swettenham’s Nagambie farm in 2010, Trust In A Gust is by former resident Sunday Silence stallion, Keep The Faith.

Trained by Darren Weir, Trust In A Gust became a poster boy for Melbourne’s spring when he first captured the Group 1 Rupert Clarke over 1400m at Caulfield before next start doubling up 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” his trainer Darren Weir commented.

“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”

It was in his three year-old season that he became the poster boy for VOBIS racing winning the VOBIS Gold Eureka, VOBIS Gold Star and the VOBIS Gold Carat at Caulfield. Notably, he was also second in the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush in his racing debut (as a two year old).

“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!” Weir said.

Trust in a Gust finished up his racing career with 10 wins and over $1.1 million in stakes including victories over top liners such as Australian Horse of the Year Dissident, multiple Group One winner Lucky Hussler and Galaxy winner Sweet Idea among others.

He 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.

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.

Meanwhile, there have been a few personnel changes at Swettenham Stud.

Brian Gorman (left) Tim Jones

Brian Gorman (left) Tim Jones

Brian Gorman has been appointed to the position of General Manager having been an integral part of Swettenham Stud over the past three years. Brian brings over 30 years of bloodstock experience to the team and his key responsibilities will be in Sales and Marketing and leading the bloodstock division which will include nomination sales.

Tim Jones has been promoted to Operations Manager. Tim has been with the business since 2005 and is committed to the culture and learning from his predecessors.

Rachel Spriggens has been appointed to a supporting role to the General Manager. Rachel has a life-time of experience in the thoroughbred industry. Originally from New Zealand, Rachel has worked in both New Zealand and Kentucky and joins Swettenham at an incredibly exciting time.

For further information on Trust In A Gust or other sires at Swettenham Stud, please phone Adam Sangster on 0418 543 633, Brian Gorman – General Manager, on 0429 660 266 or Rachel Spriggens – Nominations, on 0479 054 649

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