Excitement is building at Swettenham Stud now that Trust In A Gust has returned home to Nagambie for his first book this year.
“He settled in quickly which isn’t surprising – he was born and reared here,” Swettenham’s Nominations & Marketing manager Rachel Spriggens said. “We took a photo of him at the stud last week and he’s letting down into a superb looking stallion.”
Trust In A Gust combines the world-renowned sirelines of Sunday Silence and Storm Cat. The latest Group 1 stars for that cross have been Dubai Turf (1800m) winner Real Steel and Prix d’Ispahan (1800m) winner A Shin Hikari who cleared out by 10 lengths at Chantilly last month.
“Those bloodlines can be hot to handle but that’s not a problem with Trust In A Gust,” Spriggens added. “He has a Group 1 temperament and work ethic besides Group 1 ability.”
Trust In A Gust (Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) was sold by Swettenham to clients of trainer Darren Weir at the 2012 Melbourne Premier yearling sale. “He showed plenty of promise from the start but really hit his straps as a three year-old,” Weir recalled. “He’s sound and tough and was the one you wanted to be on in a tight finish.”
Voted VOBIS Horse of the Year in 2013-14, he returned as a four year-old to defeat Australian Horse of the Year Dissident in a thrilling finish to the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m). It figures prominently as a stallion-making race with Encosta de Lago, Testa Rossa and Exceed And Excel among its winning roll-call.
Weir took Trust In A Gust back to Caulfield a fortnight later and he dispatched the best milers in training with a consummate victory in the time-honoured G1 Toorak Hcp (1600m).
He bowed out with a career record of 10 wins in 23 starts and over $1.17 million in prizemoney.
Trust In A Gust’s immediate family keeps progressing this season while his bookings continue to build at Swettenham. His younger half-brother The Show Goes On (Equiano) won his maiden second time out last month and his unraced half-sister Artistic Design (Master Of Design) pleased Lee Freedman during a summer prep curtailed by shin-soreness.
Their dam Subtle Breeze is a three-quarter sister to European 3YO Filly of the Year Balanchine.
Trust In A Gust will stand at an introductory fee of $12,500 (inc gst) and lifetime breeding rights are available at $25,000 (inc gst). For further information, contact Adam Sangster (0418 543 633), Brian Gorman (0429 660 266) or Rachel Spriggens (0479 054 649).