In-form jockey Luke Currie is confident Valour Road has what it takes to break through for his first Group 1 win in the Goodwood (1200m) on May 18.
The West Australian sprinter booked his ticket to South Australia’s premier race with a tenacious win in yesterday’s Group 2 Euclase Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville.
Valour Road led all the way in the $250,000 event, holding off Tofane and Gytrash by a nose.
Currie told TABradio this morning he expected the Simon Miller-trained Valour Road to be more than competitive when he steps out for the Goodwood in 13 days.
“He’s a really big and strong type of horse,” he said.
“I said to someone behind the gates ‘I wouldn’t like to ride him in too much work because I reckon he’d pull too much’.
“I’d seen the start before and he’d done a good job.
“When he was slow away, it would’ve been tough behind them and he still quickened down and won.
“You’d imagine going into a Goodwood he would drop in weight and he’d be a good chance.”
Valour Road took his record to four wins from eight starts, having won the Magic Millions and Karrakatta Plate as a two-year-old.
His only start in Group 1 company to date was a fifth placing in the Winterbottom Stakes last December.
Currie also had the ride on the Miller’s other runner Lady Cosmology at Morphettville yesterday.
The three-year-old finished fifth behind star sprinter Spright in the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) in what was her first interstate run.
Miller indicated the filly would remain in Adelaide for the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) on Goodwood day.
Currie said he was pleased with Lady Cosmology’s effort.
“She was three-wide and exposed,” he said.
“Reading the race before it I thought she might be able to get across and sit outside the leader, or maybe even get to the front.
“With a better run, she probably finishes a few lengths closer.”
It rounded out a big day for the Miller stable, with Dance Music recording another win at Ascot.
Meanwhile, Ping Me Another, fresh from her maiden win yesterday, is likely to be targeted at three Listed races and a Group 3 for fillies and mares during the Ascot summer carnival.