Melbourne’s premier trainer Darren Weir will be chasing his first Group 1 win in Queensland with Trust In A Gust in the $500,000 UBET BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday.
Trust In A Gust proved himself to be one of the best sprinters in the land with a Group 1 winning double at Caulfield during the 2014 Melbourne Spring Carnival.
The Keep The Faith four year old scored a narrow win over Peter Moody’s star Dissident in the Group 1 $400,000 Bendigo Bank East Malvern Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup (1400m) and backed that up with a win in the Group 1 $400,000 David Jones NBCF Toorak Handicap (1600m) beating Speediness and Desert Jeuney.
Trust In A Gust then blotted his copy book when beaten first up as an odds on favourite when second to Red Bomber in the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m) at Caulfield on April 18.
But Weir is willing to forgive the chestnut for his first up defeat and said that he would benefit greatly from the run.
“He ran OK first-up but probably got to the lead too early and he will have benefited a lot from the run,’’ Weir told The Courier-Mail.
“I haven’t had much of a look at the field for the BTC Cup but my horse certainly deserves his chance.’’
Weir was content to chase the valuable VOBIS Bonuses in the early part of the stallion’s career before stepping him up to Group company with huge success.
“I have just kept rolling the dice with this horse, and why wouldn’t I with the way he has been performing?’’ Weir said.
“I was hoping to pinch one big race with this horse in Melbourne and I ended up snaring two.
“I chased the VOBIS Gold money with him at the start of his career but he just kept raising the bar.’’
Trust In A Gust is one of twenty-two sprinters nominated for the BTC Cup which is likely to include Group 1 winners Boban, Sacred Star and Temple Of Boom.
Trust In A Gust is on the third line of betting for the BTC Cup at $6.50 with Ladbrokes.com.au.
Former Queensland trained Our Boy Malachi, now under the care of Team Hawkes at Rosehill, heads the market order at $4.20 just ahead of Group 2 Victory Stakes winner Srikandi at $5.50.
The Peter Moody trained Bring Me The Maid, kiwi sprinter El Roca and three year old colt Scissor Kick are all on the next line of betting at $11.