Fitness concerns throw cloud over Trust In A Gust’s Doomben 10,000 prospects; retirement likely   Leave a comment

Fitness concerns throw cloud over Trust In A Gust’s Doomben 10,000 prospects; retirement likely

Brad Rawiller celebrates as Trust In A Gust wins his second Group 1 in a fortnight as the

Brad Rawiller celebrates as Trust In A Gust wins his second Group 1 in a fortnight as they take out the Group 1 Toorak Handicap. Picture: Michael Klein Source: News Corp Australia

UPDATE: TRUST In A Gust is likely to miss Saturday week’s Doomben 10,000 and could be retired to stud without another run.

Swettenham Stud’s principal Adam Sangster last confirmed the dual Group 1 winner will not travel to Brisbane for Saturday week’s Doomben 10,000 or the Stradbroke next month.

“In the best interests of the horse we will not be continuing with this campaign,” Sangster said.

Swettenham Stud purchased Trust In A Gust in a stud deal worth more than $2 million earlier this year and it is believed they don’t want to continue with his winter campaign in the risk of damaging his reputation.

It has long been reported the four-year-old will retire to stud at the end of this racing season meaning the news would all but end his racing career.

But Sangster last night said “no decision about his future has been made”.

Trust In A Gust was scratched from last Saturday’s BTC Cup after suffering lacerations to his legs when boarding a plane to Brisbane last Friday.

Trust In A Gust wins the Group 1 Rupert Clarke at Caulfield. Picture: Colleen Petch

Trust In A Gust wins the Group 1 Rupert Clarke at Caulfield. Picture: Colleen Petch Source: News Corp Australia

The gelding is recovering well from the minor setback and has been in light work in Victoria this week.

But Trust In The Gust hasn’t broken into a gallop since last Thursday morning and there was a concern as to whether he would have been fit enough for the Doomben 10,000.

Meanwhile, Kuro and Stradbroke favourite Lucky Hussler will bypass the Doomben 10,000 and the later will run in The Goodwood in Adelaide this weekend instead.

The $1125 first acceptance fee for the Doomben 10,000 is due at 9am on Wednesday.

NEW BRC DIRECTORS

THE Brisbane Racing Club has appointed three new directors — property specialist John Shepherd, senior executive Terry Svenson and senior lawyer Curt Schatz.

The BRC is also close to announcing which developer has won the tender for the construction of 1200 units at Eagle Farm racecourse.

There will be eight residential towers and a lifestyle precinct constructed where the existing temporary stables are located and work is expected to begin towards the end of next year.

The 10-year project is set to be bring in about $100 million for the BRC, which will be spent on patron facilities and maintaining the club’s tracks.

FAREWELL VILLA

GROUP 2 winner Villa Verde has been retired by her connections and will be sold at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on May 27.

VALE RICHARDS

ONE of Australia’s leading breeders, Col Richards has died aged 84.

Richards was the owner of 2000 Mackinnon Stakes winner Oliver Twist and has run Gainsborough Lodge on the Darling Downs for the past two decades. He also ran the Brisbane Bloodstock sales for 11 years before it closed last year.

Originally published as Take on Trust that it might be over

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Posted May 13, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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