Titanium ready to fire away first-up

Michael Lee

In-form trainer James Peters is looking to keep his momentum on the upswing this Sunday with the resuming Titanium contesting the $200,000 Group 3 Committee’s Prize (1600m).

The Group 2 Stewards’ Cup winner went for a well-earned break after his unplaced effort in the Emirates Singapore Derby (2000m) brilliantly won by Well Done on July 10.

Though the Tavistock five-year-old finished seventh, he was still seen making ground after dropping to last from barrier No 1, finishing only around 4 ½ lengths off Well Done.

Titanium, a six-time winner between 1200m and 1800m, has again drawn well (No 2) in the Committee’s Prize, but the English handler said it was the Long Course which struck more of a chord with him this time.

“It doesn’t really matter where he is drawn. He will be ridden quietly, but it’s the Long Course that is more to his advantage,” said Peters.

“In the Derby, it was over the Short Course, and by the time he warmed up, the race was over, but I was still happy with his run. He still finished off quite well.

“He will have more time to get in the clear on the Long Course. He is a horse who takes a while to hit top gear, to wind up.”

While a good variety of jockeys have jumped on Titanium at his previous 18 outings, with Corey Brown and Manoel Nunes the most regular partners, Peters is happy to stick with his Stewards’ Cup winning partner, A’Isisuhairi Kasim.

“Harry gets on well with him. He rode him at his trial last week (Thursday) and I was very happy with that run, nothing too demanding,” said Peters who also saddles Wild Geese in the Committee’s Prize.

“That was the only trial he’s gone for since he’s come back from his break after the Derby. He had a few weeks off and has come back good.

“I just wanted to keep him fresh as he’s got a good record first-up. I hope he can do it again this Sunday.

“So, he’s ticking a few boxes for his first race from a break, but it’s still a strong field he’s taking on.”

Titanium is indeed meeting a select field made up of the likes of Affleck, El Padrino, Rockfast and Bourbon Goldman, but they don’t by any stretch of the imagination make up an opposition which is impossible to crack.

Peters is enjoying a great ride since starting off as a trainer in his own right on April 1. Knocking in winners at a steady rate, Michael Freedman’s former assistant-trainer capped his best weekend when he brought up his first four-timer last Friday with White Hunter, Archer Company, Wimbledon and Night Flight to take his score to 22 winners and sit in 12th spot.

“Things are going well, and to get four winners was the icing on the cake, not just for me, but for my owners and my staff,” he said.

“There will be good days and bad days, but I hope to continue in the same good form and why not this weekend itself.”