Chatswood Stud’s Reward for Effort is running hot – so hot that he is currently sitting at number nine on the Australian Sires Table for number of winners. With four individual winners last Saturday alone and a staggering 20 winners in the last month, he has managed to clock up an impressive total of 83 winners for the season.
With Desert Lashes and Essence Of Terror both burning up The Valley’s 955 challenge, and Miss Norway ready to return to stakes level in a matter of weeks there is plenty of upside for the son of Exceed and Excel.
“We are delighted to see Reward For Effort join elite company at the pointy end of the sires table for winners, and when you look at the horses below him, it really does show what a brilliant consistent sire he is. Funny enough, he’s even beating his own sire Exceed and Excel,” Nic Willis said.
Another one of the runners that has contributed to his tally is the mare Chilli Pepper. Bred and raced by Ellerton Zahra Racing Manager Sharnee Rose and her family, she was over the moon when her tough homebred held on to share the spoils of first place in a nail-biting dead heat at Cranbourne.
The dam of Chilli Pepper, Portland Paije was a beloved member of the Rose family, as are all the horses foaled and raised by Sharnee’s parents on their family farm.
“We actually bred Portland Paije too. She was out of the Nassipour mare, Enchanting Style, so it’s wonderful to see the family continue on.” Sharnee said.
“Mum gets so attached to all of the horses, they are like her children and she would bring them all inside if she could.” Rose said.
“When Portland Paije retired from racing, dad sold her on account of her ownership group, but I promptly bought her back. I knew if we lost her, mum would have been devastated having raised and bred three generations. I even sold a share back to dad.” She said.
The Rose family have raced all of the foals out of both Enchanting Style, and Portland Paije.
“Chilli Pepper has a big sister called Miss Pickle also by Reward For Effort, who was named after being a month overdue, as I remember saying “she will have pickled that foal” and there a two-year-old filly called Shandy, who is by Fiorente. Unfortunately, we lost Portland Paije after Shandy, but we will continue to breed with these daughters of hers and continue the bloodline.” She said.
“Chilli Pepper was always a well-muscled strong foal, and one thing about the Reward For Efforts, is that they keep growing and improving.”
“He is a Group 1 winning stallion, a great trainer’s sire, as he keeps getting the winners and super value for those owners who want to have a bit of fun. He was speed himself and he is putting that speed into his progeny. He’s doing a really good job.”
“Ellerton Zahra are great fans of the stallion, and when you look at the other Reward For Efforts we have in the stable, Essence of Terror is a really big impressive mare, as is Red Light Roxanne. She was so her brave first up at Geelong. They both have the same owners, and there is no doubt both will keep improving as they mature.” Sharnee remarked.