Miller King Of The Babies


Simon Miller enhanced his reputation as an elite trainer of two-year-olds when Valour Road scored on debut in the $250,000 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) at Pinjarra on Saturday.

Launching a perfect introduction to racing, Valour Road led all the way for jockey Aaron Mitchell and staved off a spirited challenge from Ngawi to score by 1 ¼ lengths in the juvenile feature.

Tony Ward’s pint sized filly Ngawi, who made a searching run along the fence from last position on straightening, finished two lengths clear of Stephen Miller’s first starter, Cockatiel.

Boom filly and hot favourite, Kiss The Breeze, pulled up shin sore after running sixth, her first loss in three starts.

Valour Road, a son of Frost Giant, was purchased for $60,000 as a yearling and gave Miller his second win in the Magic Millions WA Classic after Darlington Abbey was successful six years ago.

Later Epic Grey underlined his toughness and determination when he overcame a three- wide run to win the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy (1200m).

Trained by Lindsey Smith and ridden by Dan Staeck, Epic Grey fought on to defeat How To Fly by one length with Wacked out third.

Staring favourite, the consistent Epic Grey has yet to finish outside of the first three with four wins and six placings from 10 starts.

Julio Santarelli