LOUISE NUTMAN has been there with Joe Pride since the beginning. The Hawkesbury vet owned the trainer’s first winner, Ireland, and his first city winner, Alanis, and has Title in Pride’s gun Warwick Farm stable.
The six-year-old has already returned more than $500,000 in stakes and is part of Pride’s trio of sprinters, along with high-profile pair Rain Affair and Tiger Tees, which will target the spring.
”He is a very underestimated horse. He has won three black-type races, all at double-figure odds,” said Pride of Title, which resumes in the Missile Stakes on his home track tomorrow. ”I think he is one of those horses that has sneaked up on people because he didn’t race as a two- and three-year-old and he sort of ambushed them when he won his first black type.
”He doesn’t have the boom on him like a Rain Affair, but he is a very, very good galloper. There is him, Rain Affair and Tigers Tees for the spring for me. It is just a shame they are all sprinters because they will probably have to clash at some time.”
Title is a little more advanced in his preparation than the other pair and comes from modest beginning. He was reared by Nutman ”in her backyard”. Pride’s initial view of him was far from positive.
”I saw him as a two-year-old and he was an ugly, skinny thing. I thought he had no chance,” Pride said. ”Louise is a realist and knew that, but he is like the ugly duckling and has developed into a real athlete.
”It has taken a bit of patience to get him there, but he made it.”
Pride gave credit to Nutman for her part in Title’s development.
”She is a real horseperson. These days you hear people say they bred this horse and all they really did is pick out the cross on paper,” he said. ”Louise bred Title. She took the mare up to the stallion and then bought her home and looked after her for 11 months.
”She pulled Title out of his mum and looked after him until he came to me. That is breeding a horse.”
It meant there was more responsibility for Pride to get it right once Title showed he was above average. He has been able to get nine wins from 24 starts with Title, which has also been placed six times. He got him to a group 1 last prep when, after winning the Maurice McCarten Stakes, he finished fourth in the Galaxy behind Temple Of Boom.
Pride has Title ready to fire first-up tomorrow. ”He has been set for this,” he said. ”I know his first-up record isn’t that good [one from five] but the key to him is the blinkers and he will have them on [in the Missile].
”The only other time he had them on first-up was the Lightning and he won that. His record with them on is very good … half of his wins have come with them on.”
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