Vonusti Confirms Queensland Travel Plans

With an Australian trip going begging, Cambridge sprinter Vonusti turned back the clock to end a lengthy winless spell and book himself an overseas trip.

The Tim and Margaret-trained gelding timed his run to perfection break his drought against his open class opposition at New Plymouth on Saturday and record his first victory since his 2010 triumph in the Gr 1 Telegraph Handicap at Trentham.

“We’ve been thinking of taking him over to Caloundra and that’s why we ran him here to see exactly where he was,” Tim Carter said. “We just wanted to know he’s still got that winning streak so he’s bought his ticket.”

Vonusti will be stabled with former Cambridge trainer Alan Jones with his prime target the Listed $A175,000 Glasshouse Handicap (1400m) at the Sunshine Coast on June 30. “He’s a seven-year-old so if we don’t do it now we never will,” Carter said.
While the son of Ustinov had not won for 28 months, he had made regular deposits to his bank accounts with Gr 1 placings in the Telegraph and Captain Cook Stakes, in the Japan/NZ Trophy and Concorde Handicap at Gr 2 level, the Gr 3 Darley Plate (three times), Tauranga Stakes, Eagle Technology Stakes and in the Listed Lion Red Plate. His account now stands at more than $920,000.

“He’s run some great races and a lot of things have gone against him,” Carter said. “He’s never had a sick day and he’s still got it, but you’ve got to get it out of him — he’s like an old rugby player!” He speaks from experience as a former Maori All Black and regular Hawke’s Bay representative.
Vonusti was partnered at New Plymouth by Hayden Tinsley, who drew praise from Carter for his ride, and they finished determinedly in the run home to score by a narrow margin, but a nose was enough to book his flight to Queensland.