Two winners in eight days brings joy to Kilmore Breeders
It’s a difficult task to produce winners at any time but boutique Kilmore breeders PT Thoroughbreds were celebrating two victories in just eight days when Titan I Am broke his maiden status at Traralgon and then seven days later, Is Don Is Good won at Moe.
Both horses are products from PT Thoroughbreds, run by Justine Phelan and Karl Tribel.
Titan I Am is by Kuroshio, out of Aultone, and is in the Ballarat stable of Ciaron Maher and his training partner David Eustace.
Is Don Is Good is trained at Pakenham by Charlotte Littlefield.
Justine and Karl offered Titan I Am at the Inglis Premier Yearling sales and he was quickly snapped up for $65,000 by Foote Bloodstock but the pair of sellers bought a 10 per cent share in the colt.
They own the dam Aultone (Canny Lad) which has now made it two to race for two winners.
Is Don Is Good also makes it two to race for two winners for Statue of Liberty mare, Someday Somehow.
Tribel wasn’t taking the credit for the breeding of Titan I Am.
“Titan is evidence of the breeding genius of Andy Makiv (Darley Australia general manager) who recommended the cross of a Canny Lad mare to an Exceed And Excel stallion,” Tribel said.
“We were just so thrilled when Titan broke through for his maiden.
“Is Don Is Good went missing for the past 12 months and he is back on track now. He was originally at Caulfield but he isn’t a horse that likes stables so we got him out and he went to Peter Gelagotis (at Moe) so he could run in the paddock and he won three of his first five starts but then went missing.”
He was then transferred to Littlefield who has had the son of Don Eduardo for his last five runs, but he was headed for the paddock after a disappointing run at Corowa but the trainer talked the owners into running at Moe, where he struck the heavy track he was chasing.
Tribel said there were a lot doubts whether they horse had hurt himself in the past but a gun ride from Jason Maskiell allowed the five year-old to lump the top weight of 60.5kg to victory over the 1628m trip.
Tribel and Phelan bought Someday Somehow when she was in foal with Is Don Is Good and another two of the mare’s progeny are in Littlefield’s care.
Titan I Am’s dam Aultone won two city races in Sydney and was owned by well-known Melbourne businessman Joe Cucuzza who was the original sponsor of The Valley’s 55 second challenge through Essendon Mazda.
‘’He owned the mare and owns Titan’s brother Star Search, but he pulled the pin on the mare after she lost a foal (she has either missed or slipped eight times),” Tribel said.
“But he bought into Titan I Am when he was sold.”
Tribel said he and his partner noticed Aultone listed in a small Inglis clearance sale but as they continued to look through the catalogue they didn’t believe they could afford any of the mares as they all had city form, if not black type.
He’d been out fencing and came back inside the house and checked the sale online and was more than surprised to see there hadn’t been a bid on the mare.
“A city winning Canny Lad mare! it was unbelievable that there had been no bid,’’ he said.
“We rang up and found out what the story was and got her very cheaply and it cost us more to transport her down to Melbourne than it did to buy her.”
“We had already signed contracts with Darley for the season and because she was Darley breed, Andy Makiv said take her to Kuroshio which we did and it was a latish cover but Titan was the product.
“Subsequent to that we saw Star Search beat Cliff’s Edge in a maiden, so you can imagine how thrilling that was and now her second foal has won as well.’’
Tribel explained that their small farm can accommodate only about six broodmares and they went through a couple of shocking seasons, including an “abortion storm’’ a couple of years ago which he described as similar to a farmer losing his crop for a few years. Four of their mares aborted their foals.
Unfortunately, Aultone slipped to Smart Missile last season and although she didn’t get in foal this year, Tribel is confident of getting another foal out of the 13 year-old mare.
And what also pleased Tribel was pocketing some VOBIS money from Titan I Am’s maiden victory. He hopes there is plenty more to come.