First Stakes Winner for Reward For Effort

By Mark Smith

Triple Crown Syndications Gold Symphony toughed out a gritty win in Saturday’s Group III KS Environmental Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield to credit his sire Reward For Effort with his first stakes-winner.

An easy winner at Mornington when making his career debut at Mornington on July 2, Gold Symphony finished second to the talented Jalan Jalan at Flemington a fortnight later.

Ridden by Glen Boss for champion trainer Peter Moody, Gold Symphony raced wide without cover in a race devoid of any early speed.

Moody said he had planned to start the colt last week but had come with a ‘bit of a dirty scope.’

“It ended up being a blessing in disguise,” Moody said.

“He hasn’t done a lot on the track for the last couple of weeks and we thought the 1100 might have been a shade short. But it was a messy run race, Glen showed initiative and put him into it and he toughed it out well.

“We’re not going to be unrealistic and silly in expectations. With the preparation he’s had he’s probably going to be aimed more at the autumn than the spring while he keeps performing we will have a look at another option if he pleases us at home.

We’ve had good luck with the Ward’s and they have found another nice colt here and a good effort by one of my old horses Reward For Effort to get a stakes winner and he is certainly making a name for himself as a stallion.

A $100,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications from the draft of Grange Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling sale, Gold Symphony is the first foal of the unraced Stravinsky mare Tzaress a half-sister to Group III AJC Sweet Embrace winner Stripper (Danehill Dancer) who was narrowly beaten by Duporth in the 2008 Golden Rose.

Granddam Charming Belle (Imposing) is a half-sister to multiple Group II winner Delightful Belle, the dam of Golden Slipper and Newmarket Handicap winner Belle du Jour (Dehere), and to the dam of Group 1 Goodwood Handicap winner Perfectly Ready (More Than Ready).

Tzaress has been a regular visitor to Reward For Effort having being covered by the Group I Blue Diamond Stakes winner in the first four seasons at stud.

She has a 2yo filly and a yearling colt and was covered by the son of Exceed And Excel last season.

Reward For Effort has been a highly popular stallion with breeders from the time he retired to Chatswood Stud in 2011.

His service fee this spring remains unchanged at $11,000.