Reward For Effort sired his fifth winner at Wednesday’s Sandown meeting when Petite’s Reward scored a front-running victory in the Swettenham Stud Sprint (900m).

The Chatswood Stud stallion is just one adrift of Beneteau at the top of the Australian first-season winners’ table.

Petite’s Reward (2f Reward For Effort – Petite Briefs by Brief Truce) sat on the speed and refused to surrender for a long neck victory over Prussian Vixen.  “I didn’t think she would be with the leaders from a wide gate,” trainer Brendan McCarthy said.  “She pinged the gates and was gutsy to the finish.

“It was a big effort backing up from Moonee Valley last week.  We won’t tax her – she’s a runner and will have a freshen-up before racing again.”

Winning jockey Dean Yendell said Petite’s Reward had put the writing on the wall when placed first-up at Moonee Valley.  “She was unlucky there and went to the line untouched.  She eye-balled the starter today and began like a bullet.”

Petite’s Reward is a homebred for Innisfree Thoroughbreds owners Andy and Carol O’Shea.  Her dam and second-dam Petite Filou (Snippets) also won in Melbourne and the Pakenham couple have bred both mares to Reward For Effort in recent seasons.

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