Valour Road stamped his claims as a future star when he made a spectacular return to take out the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) at Ascot.
A member of Simon Miller’s powerful two-year-old team, Valour Road, sent out the second favourite, led all the way in a commanding victory.
Ridden by Aaron Mitchell, Valour Road jumped quickly from barrier seven to take up the running and held a half-length margin to remain undefeated.
Stable mate Lady Cosmology, who started favourite and Lordhelpmerun, tried hard to reel in the pacesetter, but couldn’t bridge the gap and finished second and third respectively.
Valour Road, a $60,000 yearling, became just the third horse to claim the Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m)-Karrakatta Plate double, joining Lucky Street (2015) and Lucy Mae (2017).
Miller claimed his third win in the Karrakatta Plate after previous success with Whispering Brook (2016) and Night War (2011).
He said Valour Road was destined to have a bright future.
“He is very good,” Miller said.
“To go first up into the Magic Millions speaks volumes.
“He is a good horse.”
A delighted Mitchell said he had to thank Miller for giving him the opportunity to claim the best win of his riding career.
The former top apprentice wiped away bitter memories of last year’s Karrakatta Plate when unplaced on favourite, Seannie.
“I’m just over the moon and I can’t thank Simon enough and his team,” Mitchell said.
“He has been awesome to me and it’s unbelievable.
“I definitely think he can go on with it as a three-year-old.
“You never know what can happen from here.”