Horse Racing

Joe Pride Relies on Power and Brutality


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Joe Pride will ride two horses at Rosehill and both face heavy duties

Big handicaps and wide doors will be the order of the day for Joe Pride as steady buddies Brutality and Titanium Power clash at Rosehill.

The brutal has been double-handled with a maximum weight of 64.5kg and an outer barrier in the Furphy Handicap (1400m) on Saturday, while the Titanium Power had slightly better results with 60.5kg and gates 12 out of 14.

Pride has the option to claim Brutality but says it’s not a serious consideration as he intends to maintain the horse’s connection to senior equestrian Regan Bayliss ahead of their main quest in The Ingham (1600m) is worth $2 million on Saturday.

Pride said: “He was in this race last year and carried a great weight, not as big as Saturday, but when you’re going to be in a race, you want a bit of continuity with a equestrian,” said Pride.

“Regan rides him all the time and if I go and put a kid on him this week and he goes in the wrong direction, it could affect the preparation.

“He’s there to win but more importantly he’s on the right track and he has the perfect preparation for Ingham.”

It is rare for a horse to compete in Sydney with such an impostor, but Pride has had success before and recently.

Zoushack put on 64-1/2 kg to win at Warwick Ranch in October while being ridden by Hugh Bowman, even though it was a midweek meeting.

While Brutality faces a tough task on Saturday, Titanium Power is in a better position and won’t be disadvantaged by his wide draw as he has good gate speed.

He had real excuses when he was substituted in Newcastle’s last game and notably, the blinkers were back.

Pride said: “Total forgave the race the other day, he was an honest, genuine horse.

“It was a combination of things, but he lost a shoe and he finished second after the first win, which is a rarity for him. He looks great and he’s going to catch some stuff on Saturday.

If Titanium Power can offer, it will be a common result in stability.

Affectionately nicknamed “Keithy”, Pride describes the castrated horse as a gentle giant and one of the sweetest horses he has ever worked with.

“If I was going to put someone’s two-year-old child on horseback, it would be ‘Keithy’s’. He’s a giant, a massive horse, but he’s very kind,” Pride said.

“If I run into a difficult horse, it’s Keithy’s job to hang out with them, walk them, and keep them calm.

“He’s going to be one of most people’s barn favorites.”

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