Trust In A Gust claimed his second consecutive VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series victory taking out Saturday's $150,000 Harris Walker VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Caulfield. A $45,000 purchase, after winning the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at his latest effort, the victory took the son of Keep The Faith’s earnings to just over $300,000 from eight starts.

Originally set to head to the paddock after his last start win at Ballarat, trainer Darren Weir said the VOBIS Gold prize money proved an irresistible lure.

“Once he’d been out in a grass paddock for a few days he just looked so well in himself that when I had a look at the calendar I thought there’s a great prize money race coming up in six weeks which gave me the time to freshen him up,” Weir said.

“It’s great, this horse hadn’t won a city race until today and he’d won $200,000 and now I don’t know how much he’s won!  It’s a great reward for a great bunch of owners.

“I feel for Brad (Rawiller) a bit because obviously if he hadn’t of been suspended then he would have been riding him but when you can’t get Brad you put on the best and it was a terrific ride.

“Because we freshened him up for this race he went into it a little bit underdone but there’s another one of these races (VOBIS Gold Star) at Moonee Valley for him over 1500m in a few weeks (January 24).”

Settling in the box seat for Damien Oliver, once Trust In A Gust ($2.90F) got the split at the 200m mark he burst through to take the lead. 

The main challenger appeared to be last season’s VOBIS Gold Ingot (1200m) winner Churchill Dancer ($18), who got into the clear at the 100m mark and charged at Trust In A Gust only to fall short by half-a-length on the line.

Outsider This Is The Show ($71) defied the betting to finish in third position just under two lengths behind the winner.

The win capped a treble for Oliver, who moved five wins clear of Glen Boss at the top of the metropolitan premiership table after also winning races three and eight on the program.

Speaking after the victory, Oliver said he wasn’t thinking about winning an eighth premiership just yet.

“There’s a long way to go yet,” Oliver said. “It would be wonderful to win it again but I’m just happy to be back riding winners.

“It was a luxury drawing barrier one. I was able to get into a nice position and he’s a really foolproof type of horse. When the gap came he took it really well and was then able to hold them off.

“It’s fantastic with all the VOBIS Gold bonuses at this time of the year for progressive horses. It’s putting something back into the local industry and people can really reap the rewards.”

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