The passing of Reward For Effort last week was felt through many sectors of the industry and for Hollylodge Thoroughbreds’ Daniel Nevill, the stallion played a special part in the development of his farm.
Nevill said it was perhaps fitting on the day Reward For Effort passed away due to complications from surgery on an ongoing deep-seated foot abscess that the stallion’s son, Scores of Fun, won his sixth race in Hong Kong.
Scores of Fun, which was named Hottie Lamottie in Australia, had one official trial in Victoria for Patrick Payne before being sold unraced to Hong Kong and then won on debut.
The now five-year-old, bred and born at Hollylodge Thoroughbreds at Avenel, won at Happy Valley last week to take his career earnings to $1.2 million.
And the long list of other Reward For Effort progeny that were either bred by Hollylodge Thoroughbreds or sold through their drafts at various sales include Layel, Sanbuck, Spin The Reward, Swinging George, Benoni, Destiny’s Republic and Inebriating.
Another Reward For Effort graduate, a colt out of Fudge Delight, was sold by Hollylodge at this year’s Melbourne Premier for $30,000 to Yargi Racing.
The colt, which ran the third-fastest time at the recent Magic Millions Gold Coast two-year-olds in training sale, was then sold for $150,000.
Hollylodge sold Scores of Fun for $15,000 as a weanling and then was purchased for $100,000 by Hong Kong’s Price Bloodstock at the 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
“He has done well in Hong Kong,” Nevill said.
“He had a couple of x-ray issues and we probably made a mistake, but his half-sister by Trust In A Gust has gone to Tasmania and is down with Cameron Thompson.
“And if she wins a few races, she’ll just join the broodmare band. She is owned by a client of mine who actually raced Reward For Effort.
“They are from WA and the mare obviously resides with me.”
Nevill said the Reward For Efforts they’d bred or sold through their drafts had been good to them, but none had won a Stakes race.
“Layel was a city winner, Sanbuck was city placed, Spin The Reward was bred and retained and is a city winner and Destiny’s Republic won three in a row last prep,” he said.
“And for our clients, Reward For Effort has been good for them.”
Nevill said things had been tough for the stallion over the past months and it was distressing for a lot of people when the horse passed away last week.
“It was a sad time for everyone,” he said.
And he posted on Facebook: “RIP Big horse you have been a good stallion to our small farm!!”
But on a brighter note for Nevill, Hollylodge will offer 14 yearlings at Melbourne Premier next year, four or for five at Adelaide and 15 for Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.
He said they have bred from about 40 mares this year.
“I have got five mares of my own, and the rest are for clients. I’m only a little ten grand breeder,” Nevill said.
“That’s my service fee limit, and if they make forty at the sales, I think I have kicked a goal and if they make one hundred, then I’ve certainly kicked a goal.
“I have got a share in I Am Immortal and I bought a share in Dirty Work this year and I have sent a mare to Omaha Beach and I have a mare which just went in foal Kermadec.
“I only support Victorian stallions.”
Nevill said he liked I Am Immortal (Swettenham Stud) and praised Spendthrift, home of Dirty Work, for the work they are doing with their stallions.