Several Victorian studs were on the bandwagon when Brendan McCarthy doubled up with Petite Reward (Moonee Valley) and Murt The Flirt (Ballarat) on the weekend.
The Caulfield trainer has a background in the breeding industry having grown up at Clearview Park in Tallarook. His father Brendan, a TBV Life Member, stood stallions the calibre of French-bred import Rare Pearl (Lyphard) who sired Melbourne stakes winners Bejilla, Pearl Prince, Rare Chance, Spanglet and Stockavion in the 1980s.
McCarthy’s flying filly Petite Reward (Reward For Effort) led home a trifecta for local stallions in the Henry Dwyer Racing Hcp (1000m) on Friday night. She had just enough in reserve to defeat Neat And Tidy (Magnus) and One Lucky Gal (Artie Schiller).
“She’s a machine – a pocket rocket,” jockey Jackie Berriman said. “And I think she’s got the ability to go right on with it.”
Petite Reward had won at Sandown and Bendigo on either side of a winter spell before improving her strike-rate to 3 wins in 6 starts at the Valley.
McCarthy preps her for owner-breeders Andy and Carol O’Shea who operate Innisfree Thoroughbreds at Pakenham.
Chatswood Stud champion Reward For Effort has sired 14 individual winners this season and is right behind Hitchinbrook at the top of the Australia second-season premiership.
Murt The Flirt (Murtajill) landed a gamble when he maintained an unbeaten record at Ballarat in the Magic Millions 3&4YO Classic (1100m).
“That was very impressive,” McCarthy said. “It was a big effort first-up and he did it beautifully.”
Murt the Flirt was pin-hooked by Bunyip’s Ampulla Lodge owner Steve Jostlear for $22,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions National Foal Sale.
His dam Loves Attention (Taimazov) is a half-sister to Woodside Park’s sire Written Tycoon.
Jostlear sent the colt to the 2013 Adelaide Magic Millions but took him back home when bidding failed to reach a $40,000 reserve. The West Gippsland pin-hooker kept a share and the gelding has already won $160,000 for a large stable syndicate – plus the proceeds of a $9 to $5 sting on Saturday.