Trusting too good in Hill Stakes

Trusting proved his comeback victory in the G2 Chelmsford Stakes was no fluke with a commanding victory in the G2 ATC Hill Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

Trusting (5h Tale of the Cat – Legible by Zabeel) sat on the pace before powering away in the straight to score by more than three lengths.  “He was always travelling well,” Singapore rider Joao Moreira said.  “I gave him a squeeze at the top of the straight and he flew home.”

Bred by John Camilleri’s Fairway Thoroughbreds, Trusting was purchased by Patinack Farm for $300,000 at the 2008 NZ Bloodstock Premier yearling sale.  He has returned over $894,000 to date.

Trusting is one of two winners from the G2 winning mare Legible.  She was acquired privately by Patinack Farm following the emergence of Trusting as a potential star.  The mare has a yearling full sister to Trusting by Coolmore sire Tale of the Cat.

Trusting’s trainer John Thompson said he wasn’t surprised with the ease of the win.  “He’s an awesome horse and is an absolute ball of energy.  I don’t think I’ve ever been so confident going to the races.”

The Patinack Farm galloper appeared to have the world at his feet after winning the G2 AJC Warwick Stakes two years ago but then went 16 runs before breaking through in the Chelmsford Stakes a fortnight ago.

“Trusting’s back,” Thompson claimed.  “He’s always been the real deal and we will run him in either The Metropolitan or head straight to Melbourne for the Caulfield Cup.”

His sire Tale of the Cat was a late withdrawal from the shuttle service from Coolmore’s Kentucky base to Australia this year.  

Patinack owner Nathan Tinkler added a Doomben treble to his Hill Stakes victory with Prost (Show A Heart), Eishin Rock (Fastnet Rock) and Found The One (Bel Esprit).