Matthew Vella is building a young team and first starter Titan Of Industry could give a glimpse of what’s ahead for the trainer at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
The young conditioner trains for owner Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock and looks after the Glenn Haven Farm next to Hawkesbury racecourse.
Titan Of Industry is part of that Go Bloodstock team and heads to the Illawarra Turf Club for his likely debut in the Wiseman Insurance Maiden Plate (1000m).
The son of Written Tycoon came into Vella’s care after starting his career with Peter and Paul Snowden but never had a start for the father-son training team.
Titan Of Industry is one of a number of young horses Vella hopes has a future in his growing stable.
“I have a young team and am just waiting for them all to be ready,” Vella said.
“The next twelve months should be good for me. It’s an exciting time.
“Titan Of Industry was with Peter and Paul Snowden but he wasn’t going good enough to say he was definitely going to be a Saturday city horse and we only leave the ones in town with them if they are going to measure up to that.
Titan Of Industry runs third in a Hawkesbury trial on May 25
“I have taken him on, I have gelded him and he is actually going really well. He was a bit cheeky as a colt but he is good now. He is a nice looking horse.
“He is a bit small but has a lovely coat and he is still a little kid.”
Titan Of Industry has had plenty of education before his debut with six trials under his belt, including two while trained by Vella.
His latest came over 1000m on his new home track at Hawkesbury on May 25, finishing off well for third.
The two-year-old gelding is likely to race on a rain affected track on Saturday, with Kembla rated a heavy (10) on Friday morning.
“I think he will handle the track but you just worry about the first start on the heavy,” Vella said.
“It does look like it is going to be a small field and if they race he will probably go there.
“He will head to the races and be competitive.
“It should be a nice day out on debut with a small field, Mitchell Bell on board so there are a few boxes ticked.
“I would only hope that I am not making a mistake by giving him his first run on the heavy but there are a few in the race in the same boat.”
Vella said he hopes to knock over the maiden first before planning on what he will do next with Titan Of Industry.
Race one jumps at 11.45pm on Saturday.