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OOn the metaphoric eve of the
2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier
Sale, one owner’s decision to
buy into a horse has proved to
be a rich vein of gold.
Owner Bill Gribble’s smile could easily
have been missed amongst the throng
of clapping and cheering owners in the
Caulfield mounting yard following Trust
In A Gust’s win in the VOBIS Gold Carat
(1200m) in January.
While overjoyed with Trust In A Gust’s
success, a win that took the progressive son
of Keep The Faith’s racetrack earnings above
$300,000, Gribble had let his mind wander
back to a piece of advice given to him at
Donald on a lazy Sunday afternoon in 2005.
“My first horse that I ever owned was
called Winjeal and when he first won I was
sitting beside this old bloke who asked me
how many horses I’d had,” Gribble said.
“When I told him this was my first one
and he’d won at his first start this guy just
told me to savour the moment because wins
aren’t easily come by in the racing game.
“I now own quite a few horses and Trust
In A Gust is the one that’s given me the
biggest thrill. It’s unbelievable and it’s what
every racehorse owner strives to achieve or
be a part of.”
The win in the Saturday $180,000 feature,
a leg of the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series
restricted to horses nominated for Victoria’s
lucrative VOBIS Gold scheme, was the fifth
of the three-year-old’s then eight-start career.
It followed a similarly lucrative victory in
the $130,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade
(1400m) at Ballarat in November and
Gribble said connections were well and truly
reaping the rewards of trainer Darren Weir’s
decision to nominate the horse for both
Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.
And Gribble’s good fortune didn’t stop
there with the plan to target the next race
in the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series, the
$180,000 VOBIS Gold Star (1500m) under
lights at Moonee Valley on 24 January,
proving another winner. Defying his 60kg
top weight, Trust In A Gust scored with
authority by 1.3-lengths.
“Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold have just
proven to be fantastic for the horse and for
the owners and it’s just been a magnificent
run,” Gribble said.
“Because the horse looked like he could
get up and going as a two-year-old Darren
Weir put out the suggestion to the owners
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“Super VOBIS and
VOBIS Gold have
just proven to be
fantastic for the
horse and for the
to pay up for VOBIS Gold because he could
see this was a horse that could potentially
While Gribble, a member of the Ballarat
Turf Club committee, has the horse to thank
for the winning ride, it was the faith in the
keen eye of his daughter, Ballarat trainer
Rebecca Gribble, that saw him purchase his
share in the galloper.
The pair identified Trust In A Gust at the
2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and while
his purchase price of $45,000 exceeded
Gribble’s budget, his daughter encouraged
him to take an interest in the horse with
“My daughter and I went to the sales because
I buy a few horses for my daughter who has
her trainer’s license and we actually found
Trust In A Gust,” Gribble said.
“Rebecca worked for Tony Vasil for a while
and he was fantastic to her and took her to
the sales and told her what to look for in a
horse. He really educated her well. I only had
$30,000 available to spend on a horse at that
particular time and I thought if we could snag
him for that we would have a massive buy but
I got knocked out of the bidding and Darren
Weir obviously ended up buying him.
“We were driving home and my daughter
thought I should really buy a share in the
horse because we both really loved him and
she thought he would be an early runner. I
had a think about it and came to the decision
that I’d buy a share out of interest sake and
he’s just proven to be everything that my
daughter picked him out to be.”
Victorian breeding operation Swettenham
Stud sold the half-brother to Trust In A Gust,
a flashy chestnut colt by Equiano, on the
opening day of the Gold Coast Magic Millions
Yearling Sale for $120,000.
The colt, purchased by South Australian
trainer Lloyd Kennewell, is already nominated
for Super VOBIS and connections have
already expressed interest in nominating the
yearling for VOBIS Gold.
The deadline for VOBIS Gold is 30 June,
whilst late nomination for Super VOBIS
nominations (incurring additional fees) are
also closing on 30 June.
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