2018

Valour Road Wins Gr2 Karrakatta Plate

Monday, 16th April 2018

At Ascot in Perth, WA, Yarradale Stud's Gr1-winning US-bred stallion Frost Giant (Giant's Causeway-Takesmybreathaway, by Gone West) sired his first official stakes winner in Australia when 2YO Australian-bred gelding Valour Road (Frost Giant-Melba Avenue, by Street Sense) maintained the perfect start to his career when cruising to a comfortable win in the $500,000 Gr2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Lady Cosmology & Lordhelpmerun. Valour Road extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins (including the Listed (R) Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic) from 2 starts for $444,580 in earnings. Trainer Simon Miller went to $60,000 to buy Valour Road at last year's Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Ron Sayers' Yarradale Stud with the latter retaining a small share in the gelding. "This is a race I want to win every year," trainer Simon Miller told the West Australian. "He is very good. For us to go first-up into the Magic Millions speaks volumes of him." Valour Road is the first Australian stakes winner for international sire Frost Giant - an international Group One winning son of Giant's Causeway. Valour Road is the first named foal for the winning Street Sense mare Melba Avenue, a half-sister to multiple group winner Raspberries. Valour Road's family also includes Group One winners Flavour and Sonntag.

Valour Road Wins Listed (R) Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic

Monday, 12th February 2018

At Pinjarra in West Australia, Yarradale Stud's Gr1-winning US-bred stallion Frost Giant (Giant's Causeway-Takesmybreathaway, by Gone West) sired his first restricted black-type winner in Australia when 2YO Australian-bred gelding Valour Road (Frost Giant-Melba Avenue, by Street Sense) proved too speedy for his rivals when leading throughout for a dominant debut win in the $250,000 Listed (R) Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m), defeating Ngawi & Cockatiel. A $60,000 purchase at the 2017 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale, Valour Road got his career off to the perfect start with 1 win from 1 start for $142,830 in earnings. Trainer Simon Miller went to $60,000 to buy Valour Road at last year's Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale from the draft of Ron Sayers' Yarradale Stud. Sayers retained a small share in the gelding and raced him in partnership with a huge group - most of who were celebrating loudly when their charge held out all challengers late in the race. "Full credit to the boss," a delighted assistant trainer Kelly Kinninmont said. "He's done a great job to get him ready for today. The horse had shown in the trials that he was above average and after getting a run in the race it's all gone to plan." Valour Road is the first Australian stakes winner for international sire Frost Giant - an international Group One winning son of Giant's Causeway. The Classic winner is the first named foal for the winning Street Sense mare Melba Avenue, the half sister to multiple group winner Raspberries. Valour Road's family also includes Group One winners Flavour and Sonntag.