Dual Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust has been retired to Swettenham Stud and will stand for an introductory fee of $12,500 (inc gst).
A Swettenham homebred, he’s by Sunday Silence stallion Keep The Faith and bows out with a career record of 10 wins in 23 starts and over $1.17 million in prizemoney.
“Trust In A Gust had a tremendous will to win like all good stallions,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said. “He’s a fighter and he’s got an exceptional pedigree – we’re excited to welcome him back home.”
Trained by Darren Weir, he was VOBIS Horse of the Year at three and returned for Group 1 victories in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and Toorak Hcp (1600m) as a four year-old. The former figures prominently as a “stallion-maker” with Encosta de Lago, Testa Rossa, Exceed And Excel and Turffontein among its winning roll-call.
“Trust In A Gust showed plenty of promise from the start but really hit his straps as a three year old,” Weir recalled. “In a tight finish, he was the one you wanted to be on. He’s sound, tough and is a perfect VOBIS stallion – one of the first things a trainer looks for is the VOBIS sticker at the yearling sales.”
Trust In A Gust (pictured) is the most successful son of the Keep The Faith, a renowned source of precocious types who became the fastest 1200m horse to ever race in the United States when clocking 1.06.82s on turf at Belmont.
What’s more, his dam Subtle Breeze (Storm Cat) is a three-quarter sister to 1994 European 3YO Filly of the Year Balanchine.
It’s a rock solid, black type family featuring outstanding northern hemisphere performers, ultimately providing breeders with the best of both worlds.
Lifetime breeding rights to Trust In A Gust are available for $25,000 (inc gst) and for further information, contact Adam Sangster (0418 543 633), Brian Gorman – General Manager (0429 660 266) or Rachel Spriggens – Nominations (0479 054 649).