Valour Road’s Ascot carnival campaign last year was almost a mirror image of his trainer, Simon Miller.
Both trainer and equine went in with high expectations but came out with their colours lowered.
For Miller, he had arsenal of top liners ready to attack the major feature races, but fell just short
In Valour Road’s case, he was bouncing off a golden interstate winter campaign.
The Frost Giant gelding won the Group 2 Euclase (1200m) in Adelaide and the Listed Bolton Sprint (1200m) at Ascot.
But in a setback he missed out in the Prince Of Wales Stakes (1000m), Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) and Scahill Stakes (1400m).
Miller is confident Valour Road can leapfrog back to winning form in the Miss Andretti Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.
It’s a race he knows well having prepared previous winners Power Princess (2012), Hussy By Choice (2014) and Caipirinha (2017).
Up against a small field of six rivals in the Miss Andretti Stakes, Miller says Valour Road’s impressive form on the training track can translate into a winning return.
“He didn’t have much go his way last campaign, but he is ready to bounce back,” Miller said.
“He is flying at home and I’m quite surprised how quickly he has come to hand.
“My plan was to go into the Scenic Blast Stakes (1200m) first-up, but he was going to well.
“If all goes to plan he then targets the Scenic Blast, the Pinjarra Classic (1300m) and Bunbury Stakes (1400m).
“He didn’t have a lot go his way last year.
“He blew the start in the Winterbottom and went close in the Scahill Stakes.
“He is ready to go.”
Valour Road has drawn barrier three and will be ridden by William Pike.
Pike reunites with the four-year-old after steering him home to win the Bolton last June.