The following article is reproduced from the TBV Archive November 2019. Follow the link for all the latest TBV News.
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.
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."
“We were just so thrilled when Titan broke through for his maiden.
“Is Don Is Good won three of his first five starts but then the real Don went missing.”
He was originally at Caulfield but he isn’t a horse that likes being boxed so he went to Peter Gelagotis (at Moe) where he could run in a paddock and he won three of his first five starts but then when he returned
from a speall - went missing in action.”
He was transferred to Littlefield who has had the son of Don Eduardo for his last five runs, and was headed
for the paddock after a disappointing run at Corowa, However Littlefield talked us into running him at Moe 6 days later, where he struck the heavy track he was chasing.
said there were concerns the horse wasn't putting in becasue he was nursing an injury, 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 on a Heavy 10.
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 now in Littlefield’s care.