First stakes winner by Reward For Effort

Talented colt Gold Symphony has notched the first black-type win for Chatswood Stud’s champion freshman Reward For Effort in the G3 Vain Stakes (1100m).

The Peter Moody trained sprinter had won at Mornington on debut before finishing second to Jalan Jalan at Flemington last month.  “He’s a really nice colt and he’s got a future,” jockey Glen Boss said after camping three-wide.  “If he was one-out and one back, he would have won clearly.”

Gold Symphony (3c Reward For Effort – Tzaress by Stravinsky) won by a neck from Top Me Up (Exceed And Excel) and Star Planet (Lonhro).  He was a $100,000 buy for Triple Crown Syndications from Grange Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and has already paid that back with $134,200 in prizemoney and Super VOBIS incentives.

“He’s nominated for the Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas but I think he may be more an autumn carnival horse,” Moody said.  “But while he keeps performing and pleasing us at home, we will consider any short-term options.”

The winner’s dam Tzaress is an unraced half-sister to Stripper (G3 Sweet Embrace Stakes) and she’s related to G1 Golden Slipper winner Belle Du Jour.  She has a yearling filly and a weanling colt by Reward For Effort.

Moody won the 2009 Blue Diamond Stakes Reward For Effort before the colt joined the roster at Chatswood Stud.  A son of Exceed And Excel, he won the Victorian first-season sires’ premiership with 9 winners of $439,257 in 2014-15.

He has taken an early lead in the Australian second-season premiership and his second crop contains 123 foals.  Chatswood stands Reward For Effort for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.