Reward For Effort colt Dalradian has kicked off the $5 million Inglis Race Series with a brilliant victory on Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley.
The Darren Weir trained youngster had scored on debut at Bendigo and followed up with a fighting win over Valliano (Equiano) and Pearl Congenial (Gio Ponti) in the RL Inglis Banner (1000m). The first three home were all bred in Victoria.
Dalradian (2c Reward For Effort – Miss Ireland by O’Reilly) was bred and sold by Chatswood Stud for $55,000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. He races for a syndicate managed by David Speechley and has already earned $189,800 boosted by $41,300 in Inglis and VOBIS bonuses.
“I don’t train many two-year-olds but this boy is the real deal,” Weir said. “He’s tough, too and there will be no problem backing up in the Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington.
“John Foote picked him out as a yearling. He’s very precocious with a great temperament and has come through without any problems.”
Reward For Effort launched his stud career winning the Victorian freshman title and Dalradian sent him to the top of this season’s Australian 2YO premiership after the lucrative result on Saturday. He sired the winner from an unraced half-sister to stakes performers Launfal (HK) and Azure (NZ).
“We were slow to begin and that almost cost him,” jockey Brad Rawiller said. “We had a good run and I thought he would win on straightening but the other horse kept kicking.”
Chatswood Stud owner Greg Willis has an Anacheeva half-sister to the Inglis Banner winner at Seymour but Miss Ireland failed to get in foal to the Caulfield Guineas winner last year.
Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel) has averaged over 160 mares in his first four books and he stands for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee at Chatswood Stud.