02/22/2013 11:55AM

Frost Giant to shuttle to Australia


Frost Giant, New York’s leading freshman and juvenile sire in 2012, will shuttle to Yarradale Stud in Western Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season, which begins in August.

The 10-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway currently stands at Keane Stud Operations in Amenia, N.Y. for an advertised fee of $7,500. His Australian fee is to be announced.

Frost Giant set a progeny earnings record for New York freshman sires in 2012, finishing with 12 winners from 15 to race and earnings of $840,633. His top runners were stakes winners West Hills Giant and Kelli Got Frosty, who each earned over $190,000.

Yarradale will stand Frost Giant for a minimum of three seasons in an arrangement with the farm’s owner Ron Sayers and partner Eddie Rigg of Geisel Park Stud. Frost Giant previously shuttled to Chile for the 2009 and 2010 Southern Hemisphere seasons.

“What Frost Giant has done in America is highly exciting, and we’re hoping he can do that down here,” Sayers said. “We have a huge emphasis on 2-year-old racing in Australia, and the performance of his 2-year-olds last year was impressive. We also believe the Storm Cat sire line works well in Western Australia.”

Some of Sayers’ mares intended for Frost Giant are Adalia, a half-sister by Silver Charm to Stephen Foster Handicap winner Seek Gold; South African champion Arabian Lass, by Al Mufti; the Elusive Quality mare Colleges, whose second dam is a sister to Breeders’ Cup Turf winner and sire In the Wings; Forest Flight, a Forestry half-sister to 1998 Horse of the Year Skip Away; Let’s Get Even, a half-sister to Grade 1 winner and sire Stephen Got Even, and Group 2 winners Born Priceless, Brava Fortune and Clueless Angel.

Frost Giant is out of Gone West mare Takesmybreathaway, who is the dam of six winners from seven to race, including stakes winner Breathless Storm and Grade 3-placed winner Heavy Breathing.

Frost Giant’s own race record comprised four wins from 15 career starts in the U.S., Canada, England, Ireland, and Japan for earnings of $454,630. He was a multiple Group 3 winner in Ireland before shipping to the U.S., where he won the Grade 1 Suburban Handicap in 2008.