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 (by Equiano) in the RL Inglis Banner (1000m).
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 (also a part owner of Trust in a Gust) 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. This is the Champion Victorian freshman sire’s third stakes winner for the season – making him the only second season sire around Australia currently to record have multiple stakes winners.
Dalradian is from an unraced half-sister to stakes performers Launfal (HK) and Azure (NZ).
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.