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