Reward For Effort sired his fifth winner at Wednesday’s Sandown meeting when Petite’s Reward scored a front-running victory in the Swettenham Stud Sprint (900m).
The Chatswood Stud stallion is just one adrift of Beneteau at the top of the Australian first-season winners’ table.
Petite’s Reward (2f Reward For Effort – Petite Briefs by Brief Truce) sat on the speed and refused to surrender for a long neck victory over Prussian Vixen. “I didn’t think she would be with the leaders from a wide gate,” trainer Brendan McCarthy said. “She pinged the gates and was gutsy to the finish.
“It was a big effort backing up from Moonee Valley last week. We won’t tax her – she’s a runner and will have a freshen-up before racing again.”
Petite’s Reward is a homebred for Innisfree Thoroughbreds owners Andy and Carol O’Shea. Her dam and second-dam Petite Filou (Snippets) also won in Melbourne and the Pakenham couple have bred both mares to Reward For Effort in recent seasons.
Winning jockey Dean Yendell said Petite’s Reward had put the writing on the wall when placed first-up at Moonee Valley. “She was unlucky there and went to the line untouched. She eye-balled the starter today and began like a bullet.”
Reward For Effort has several promising two year-olds racing this weekend starting with Dynamic Syndications debutante Ay Oh Whey Oh at Moonee Valley on Friday evening. Her trainer Peter Moody prepared Reward For Effort to a Group 1 triumph in the 2009 Blue Diamond Stakes.
Montana Star won on debut at the Sunshine Coast last month and he’s right in the mix to double up at Doomben on Saturday.
And Reward For Effort has a double-engagement in Australia’s second richest juvenile race this Saturday with Destiny’s Reward and Effortless Miss nominated for the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo.
His sire Exceed And Excel is mob-handed in the $3.50 million Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill with Headwater, Furnaces, Haptic, Ottoman, Racy and Heavenly Hand.