Trainer Declan Carroll is unsure whether Titus will race again this year as he ponders his long-term targets. Carroll says the November Handicap at Doncaster would be the target if he were to send Titus into another race in 2018, but he may look towards the Duke of Edinburgh at Royal Ascot next year.
A win could rule him out of that contest as the handicapper rates him at 103 and the Royal Ascot race has a maximum rating of 105.
The Yorkshire-handler admits he has a dilemma on his hands and says it could take a while to come to the correct conclusion.
“He’ll improve, with a winter on his back he’ll get better, so we’re undecided whether he runs again this year or not,” he said, as reported by Sky Sports.
“The option would be the November Handicap, but the prize-money isn’t great. There’s also quite a bit of interest Down Under for him as a Melbourne Cup horse, so I just hope we can hold on to him.
“We’ve got one eye on the handicap at Royal Ascot, which is 0-105. He’s 103 now and if he won the November Handicap we might blow that, so we’ve got to be careful.
“But on the other hand we want to think about next year’s Ebor [at York] as well, I had one rated 102 who didn’t get in this year so with £1million up for grabs it will be even harder to get in next year.”