Trust In A Gust wins the 2014 Toorak Handicap

October 11th, 2014

Trust In A Gust has scored his second Group 1 victory in a row after winning the 2014 Toorak Handicap at Caulfield today.

Trust In A Gust takes out the Toorak Handicap ahead of Speediness and Desert Jeuney. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Trust In A Gust takes out the Toorak Handicap ahead of Speediness and Desert Jeuney. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia.

Speediness took out second in the tightly fought race, with Desert Jeuney coming in third.

It was a fantastic ride from Brad Rawiller on the favourite, who had lengthened in odds prior to the race.

Hugh Bowman fought hard to get some extra speed out of Speediness in the final 200m and looked a genuine threat to Trust In A Gust. Desert Jeuney too was right in there and at one point looked to be aiming for the quinella with Speediness.

However, Trust In A Gust truly lived up to his name as an errant breeze seemed to come upon him and he pulled away just before the 50m mark. From that point on there was nothing that either Bowman or James Winks on Desert Jeuney could do to take back the race.

Akavoroun had a very solid run to redeem his last start seventh place.

Bull Point, fairly favoured by punters heading into the race, was able to get up into the top five for a more than acceptable result in the 15 horse mile.

Following the event, Brad Rawiller expressed his thanks to his wife and child for all their support throughout his racing career. He mentioned that keeping his weight level was a constant effort, and he was relieved that it had all paid off.

2014 Toorak Handicap Results

Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 4 TRUST IN A GUST Darren Weir Brad Rawiller 11 56.5kg $4.60F
2 2 SPEEDINESS Colin Scott Hugh Bowman 0.75L 3 57.5kg $19
3 14 DESERT JEUNEY Nigel Blackiston James Winks 0.95L 1 53kg $61
4 10 AKAVOROUN Ciaron Maher Ms Michelle Payne 1.05L 12 53kg $15
5 12 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) Michael Moroney Dwayne Dunn 1.25L 9 53kg $31
6 6 BULL POINT Chris Waller Jim Cassidy 1.55L 2 54.5kg $7
7 13 ESCADO Matt Laurie Tommy Berry 1.75L 4 53kg $31
8 8 SOLICIT Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra Craig Newitt 2.75L 14 53.5kg $7
9 1 GUEST OF HONOUR (IRE) Marco Botti Damien Oliver 3.25L 5 58kg $15
10 3 COMMANDING JEWEL Leon & Troy Corstens Corey Brown 4L 10 56.5kg $13
11 11 LATE CHARGE Wendy Kelly Glen Boss 5L 7 53kg $15
12 9 RECITE (NZ) John Bary Stephen Baster 7.5L 15 53kg $51
13 15 TRISTRAM’S SUN (NZ) Robbie Laing Darren Gauci 8.75L 6 53kg $91
14 7 ARABIAN GOLD David Vandyke Craig Williams 11.75L 13 54kg $7.50
15 5 ATLANTE Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Kerrin McEvoy 13.75L 8 54.5kg $10