Rewarding Effort For Triple Crown’s Colt

He may not yet have the resume of an Apache Cat or a Pompeii Ruler, but Gold Symphony certainly shares a close association with a couple of Australia’s more popular, multiple Group 1-winning racehorses in recent times. “We raised him on our property all the way through [until he was 15 months] and he was in the same paddock as Apache Cat and Pompeii Ruler and a lot of other good ones we’ve had in the place,” said Chatswood Stud’s Greg Willis. “We’ll stick with the formula.” And while the Victorian stud’s technique of rearing horses may be proven, the efforts of Gold Symphony are going some way to establish the merits of his young sire, Reward For Effort. The former Blue Diamond winner, a three-quarter brother to Golden Slipper winner Overreach, is certainly well on the way to proving himself after being crowned Victoria’s leading first-season sire for 2014/15, when he had nine winners from 29 runners. He currently tops the prize money list for second season sires just a month into the new season, largely thanks to the deeds of the Peter Moody-trained Gold Symphony, which became the first horse since the now Rosemont Stud-based Starspangledbanner (Choisir) in 2009 to win the Vain-McNeil Stakes double, with victory in the latter at Caulfield on Saturday. “We had confidence in him and we filled his [first] book pretty quickly,” Willis said of Reward For Effort. “A lot of other breeders that are good judges liked the horse and they bought shares in him.” “He’s by Exceed And Excel and his sire and grandsire [Danehill] have both been champion first season sires so we hoped they would go early and they did. He did a great job with the two-year-olds and he’s basically only had a handful of three-year-old runners [that have been racing well]. He’s been a busy boy all along.” As well as talent on the track, Gold Symphony and Reward For Effort have more in common, with both graduates of the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale, a sale proving itself not only locally through the deeds of Group 1 winners Black Caviar, Pinker Pinker, Weekend Hussler, Snitzerland, Starspangledbanner, Fawkner and Trust In A Gust, but also internationally with Sacred Kingdom, Igugu, Alboran Sea, Ultra Fantasy and Costa Viva all successful at the elite level. While Gold Symphony made $100,000 when selling to Triple Crown Syndications from the draft of Gary Mudgway’s Grange Thoroughbreds, his sire made $190,000 when bought by fellow syndicators, Dynamic when offered by Basinghall Farm as agent. “He was a lovely striding and moving horse with plenty of scope about him and we always thought it was a very good cross from the Danehill line with a Stravinsky mare,” explains Triple Crown’s Michael Ward, when asked why he selected the colt. It is a cross that has resulted in the outstanding multiple Group 1-winning sprinter Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice) as well as the four-time Group 1 winner Mosheen (Fastnet Rock). Even with the success of Gold Symphony, Chatswood Stud have opted to keep Reward For Effort at a fee of $11,000 for the new breeding season. “We’ll review that early in the New Year, but we kept it steady this year so as not to get too greedy and we think he’s very well priced,” Willis said. Having covered an average of 167 mares in each of his four seasons so far, Reward For Effort’s next book of mares is bound to increase due to the success of his progeny on the track to date. Reward For Effort’s only two runners saluted on Saturday, with three-year-old filly Marie Clare winning at the Devonport meeting in Tasmania. And Gold Symphony’s dam, the unraced Stravinsky mare Tzaress, was covered by Reward For Effort in each of his seasons at stud. It means Gold Symphony has a two-year-old filly full sister, while the value of a colt that has just become a yearling has soared in recent weeks and the mare is expected to foal this season with another full relation. Gold Symphony’s jockey Glen Boss, riding for Triple Crown Syndications, is certainly a fan of the Reward For Effort progeny after the colt’s impressive win. “He’s sharpened up in his brain and physically he looks better,” Boss said. “He’s just a winner.”  
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