No Title Defence for Trust In A Gust in 2015 Toorak Handicap

August 19th, 2015

Undoubtedly stamping himself as a serious stallion prospect through the 2014 Spring Carnival, trainer Darren Weir has confirmed Trust In A Gust will miss the upcoming spring season through injury; ending his chance of a title defence in the 2015 Toorak Handicap (1600m).

Trust In A Gust will miss the 2015 Spring Carnival through injury. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Trust In A Gust will miss the 2015 Spring Carnival through injury. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Trust In A Gust returned to racing last spring for success in the Jeep Don’t Hold Back BM90 (1200m); running second in the Listed Drummond Golf Stakes (1200m) before taking out each of the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1400m), Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and Toorak Handicap in succession.

Having had his autumn and winter campaign ended as a result of a minor injury, Weir was confident the son of Keep The Faith was back to full health this time, but the five-year-old appears to have suffered bones chips when a disappointing seventh in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap (1200m) first-up on August 8th.

“Something had been worrying him so it is good that we have been able to get to the bottom of it,” Weir told Racing Victoria.

“This probably occurred when he was involved in the incident at the airport back in May when we were taking him to Brisbane but, being in the early stages, didn’t show up in the original x-rays.

“I think that under the race conditions it may have just pulled the chip off.

“Regardless of whether he was standing at stud or racing, he would be required to have surgery to remove the chip.

“The good thing is that it is a straightforward operation and we should be able to get him back into training for the autumn carnival as he is a horse with so much ability.”

Posting a commendable race record of ten wins and six minors through nineteen career starts so far, Trust In A Gust returned this year for a close second in the Vobis Gold Sprint (1200m) on April 18th; forced to return to the paddock a week later after injury a hoof boarding a plane north for the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

The 2015 Toorak Handicap final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, October 7th.

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