Peter Moody and Luke Nolen shared a G1 Blue Diamond Stakes with Reward For Effort and they’ve combined for his 8th first-crop winner with talented colt Gold Symphony.
Gold Symphony impressed first-up in the Land Engineering Maiden Plate (1200m) at Mornington on Thursday. He settled well back behind a sedate pace before sprinting to a two length victory over pacemaker Prussian Vixen (King Of Prussia).
Nolen declared the colt is a lot like Reward For Effort. “He’s got it together very quickly and will furnish into a nice horse. He’s a big fellow and relaxed with cover in the run. Then he put himself into the race when I stoked him up at the 400m.”
Gold Symphony (2c Reward For Effort – Tzaress by Stravinsky) was a $100,000 buy from Grange Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. He is raced by Triple Crown Syndications and collected a Super VOBIS incentive in addition to first prizemoney.
Tzaress is an unraced half-sister to Stripper (G3 Sweet Embrace Stakes) and she’s related to G1 Golden Slipper winner Belle Du Jour. The Mornington winner is the mare’s first foal and she has a yearling filly and a weanling colt by Reward For Effort.
Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel) leads Victoria’s first-season sires with progeny earnings of $379,185 and Chatswood Stud will stand him for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee this year. Next on the table is Starspangledbanner ($307,785) and Stryker ($207,770) and the trio are all in the Top 10 on the Australian premiership.