Group 1 Giant shuttles to Yarradale Stud

Record-breaking USA stallion Frost Giant will shuttle to Yarradale Stud this year and will serve a minimum of three seasons at the leading Sunspeed nursery in conjunction with Geisel Park Stud.

Frost Giant is a Group 1 winning son of champion sire Giant’s Causeway and he set an earnings record for a New York-based freshman sire last year with 12 individual winners of $840,600.  His runners-to-winners strike-rate was a remarkable 80%.

He finished sixth in the 2012 North American freshman sires’ premiership and topping his first crop were the stakes winners West Hills Giant (LR New York Breeders Futurity) and Kelli Got Frosty (LR Aqueduct East View Stakes).

Frost Giant (Giant’s Causeway – Takesmybreathaway by Gone West) was bred in Kentucky and cost owner Michael Tabor $600,000 at the 2004 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Wasting no time as a two year-old, he won the G3 Killavullan Stakes (1400m) at Leopardstown second time out and jockey Kieren Fallon could have easily extended the three length margin.

Back in action as a late-season three year-old, the Ballydoyle colt claimed another G3 in Dublin when finishing strongly in the Kilternan Stakes (2000m).

Frost Giant was subsequently sold to a partnership that included IEAH Stables, Andrew Cohen and Pegasus Holdings.  Transferred to New York, he won the G1 Suburban Hcp (2000m) at Belmont Park after a thrilling duel with Solar Flare.  “He ran great,” winning jockey Rudy Rodriguez said.  “He has a winning attitude.”

Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr revealed Rodriguez was instrumental in the victory.  “Rudy rode him great, man.  This horse has settled down thanks to Rudy, not just at the races but in the mornings, too.  You could see it happening.  The owners paid a lot of money for this horse and it worked out great.”

Part-owner Andrew Cohen stands Frost Giant at Keane Stud in upstate New York.  “We’ve been pleasantly surprised at how well Frost Giant’s first offspring are doing,” Cohen said.  “They are big horses who will get better as they mature and go longer distances.

“Watching them run is just like watching him again.  You see these white faces charging around the turn and taking off.”

Frost Giant’s sire Giant’s Causeway has been Champion North American stallion in 2009, 2010 and 2012.  The Shamardal branch of the sireline is represented out here by Captain Sonador (Aus) and Lope de Vega (Ire).

Frost Giant’s dam Takesmybreathaway is a half-sister to former Kentucky sire Mutakddim (Seeking the Gold) who sired over 100 stakes winners at Hill ‘n’ Dale Stud.

His second dam Oscillate (Seattle Slew) is a half-sister to G1 Breeders’ Cup winner Rhythm (Mr. Prospector).  He sired champion mare Ethereal while shuttling to New Zealand.

Frost Giant represents the successful Northern Dancer – Mr Prospector cross and Yarradale Stud’s bloodstock adviser Grant Burns said the pedigree will work in Western Australia.  “We’re very excited to have him here,” Burns declared.  “He’s a cracking looking horse and Yarradale and Geisel Park will send their top mares to him this year.”

Yarradale owner Ron Sayers and Geisel Park owner Eddie Rigg race numerous horses together and they also stand several stallions in partnership in Western Australia.

A service fee for Frost Giant will be announced closer to the breeding season.

– Karl Patterson