DARREN Weir-trained galloper Trust In A Gust is the VOBIS horse of the year.
Trust In A Gust was a star of the VOBIS Gold series, with the three-year-old taking his earnings to almost
$500,000 with run of wins and minor placings in feature events.
The son of Keep The Faith won three VOBIS Gold events for the 2013-14 after starting the season as a maiden – the $100,000 Eureka in
Ballarat; $150,000 Carat at Caulfield; and Star at Moonee Valley.
Trust In Gust also finished second in the $70,000 El Dorado at Wangaratta and Reef at Flemington.
Weir was also the Super VOBIS trainer of the year.
Weir’s Ballarat-Warrnambool training operation figured prominently at the Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Awards on Sunday night.
He was acknowledged for statewide (244 wins) and metropolitan (88 wins) trainers’ premierships.
Prominent stable owner, the late Worrall Dunn of Horsham, was also named the state’s leading small breeder.
He bred group 1 winning three-year-old filly May’s Dream, which capped off her season with victory in the Australasian Oaks in Adelaide in April.
May’s Dream is out of Melbourne Cup runner-up and Weir’s first group 1 winner She’s Archie, which Dunn also bred and raced.
BALLARAT district harness racing stables will have a presence on Australasian Breeders Crown finals day at Melton on Sunday.
These group 1 runners include:
• Our Femme Fatale (trained by Emma Stewart at Smythes Creek): $100,000 4yo mares final
• Bee A Lassie (Bob Conroy, Daylesford): $87,000 2yo trotting fillies
• Super Zeck (David Murphy, Dunnstown): $50,000 4yo trotters
• Vote Pedro (David Murphy): $50,000 4yo trotters
• Soho Tokyo (Michael Stanley): $297,000 2yo fillies
• Tuscan Breeze (Emma Stewart): $213,000 3yo fillies