Trust In A Gust has been scratched from the 2015 BTC Cup after suffering an injury boarding his flight to Brisbane this morning.
Trust In A Gust was set to return to Group 1 racing for the first time since he recorded a brave victory in the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11, but Weir revealed on Twitter this that the Keep The Faith entire had suffered a minor injury and had not made the flight to Brisbane.
“Trust In A Gust sustained minor injury when boarding flight for Bris,” Weir said.
“Now back at Ballarat stables.
“Injuries non career threatening.”
Trust In A Gust will be retired from racing to stand at Swettenham Stud at the end of the 2014/2015 racing season and it is not yet known if this injury will spell an early retirement for the four-year-old that has also been included in the nominations for the Group 1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) on May 23 and the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) at the same venue on June 6.
The talented entire made his racing debut with a second place finish behind Iconic in the 2013 edition of the VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo and he has become the great success story of the VOBIS Gold system.
Trust In A Gust recorded his first race win in September of 2013 at Echuca and he worked his way through the grades accumulating a great deal of prizemoney by winning races like the Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m), Gold Carat (1200m) and Chandler Macleod Stakes (1500m).
The four-year-old made his 2014 Spring Racing Carnival debut with a win in the Jeep Don’t Hold Back Handicap (1200m) at Moonee Valley on August 23 and he was narrowly beaten by Atlante in the Listed Drummond Golf Stakes (1200m) at the same venue on September 6 before he returned to winning form in the Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1400m) at Caulfield on September 20.
Trust In A Gust made his Group 1 debut in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and he fought off Dissident to claim an impressive victory and he proved that was no fluke when he defeated a strong field in the Toorak Handicap a week later.
An injury forced a premature end to the spring preparation of Trust In A Gust and he was narrowly beaten by Red Bomber when he returned to racing in the VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m) at Caulfield on April 18.
Our Boy Malachi is set to start the BTC Cup as a clear favourite from Srikandi and Scissor Kick.