A decision to change well bred colt Titus Flavius to gelded status at the end of his two-year-old campaign has worked wonders, as evidenced by his impressive win at Devonport on Sunday.
Titus Flavius had a reputation for being soft at the end of his races last preparation but on Sunday he sat outside of the leader, Minsky Music, before cruising to the front and then staved off determined challenges over the concluding stages of the race.
Trainer Terry Evans said Titus Flavius was a very nervous horse last season.
“Last season as a two-year-old he used to go the races shaking – now it’s me who is nervous before a race and I prefer it that way,” Evans said.
“Not only is he a more relaxed horse, he is showing more fight,” he said.
The trainer also heaped praise on jockey Kelvin “The Iceman” Sanderson who lived up to his nickname (The Iceman).
“It was a great ride by Kelvin (Sanderson). He didn’t panic and held the horse together until they straightened up.” Evans said.
Titus Flavius was purchased by Evans at the Melbourne Autumn sale for a modest $2000,