Above: Reward For Effort standing at Chatswood Stud

Reward For Effort gelding Moneymore provided David Hayes with the perfect start to his second training stint in Hong Kong, winning Race 2 in the Season Opener at Sha Tin.

“I’m very excited and especially happy for Keith (Yeung), he’s done a lot of work on the horse and he was very confident going into it and rode the horse perfectly.”

“He lost his balance a little bit upon straightening, he got on the wrong leg as you would say but to Keith’s (Yeung) credit he got him back on the right leg and he was very strong over the last 100 metres,” Hayes said.

The Reward For Effort gelding broke from gate eight to settle worse than midfield before peeling out to register a gritty half-length success. Hayes suggested that the six-year-old could further lift his rating as the season progresses.

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“It’s good to see a horse trial well and then run well, it means they’re putting their form together, so he might be a horse to follow in the next month or so,” Hayes said.

“He works like a horse that if he was home, he would be a midweek city horse in Australia, his trackwork suggests that.

“If he had won a race before I would have been a lot more confident but some horses work well and run like pussycats, so I was pleased to see him show a lot of fight and get the job done,” Hayes said.

Reward For Effort has also enjoyed a strong start to the Australian racing season. His 19 individual winners since August 1 sees Reward lead Victoria for both earnings and winners.