Saturday’s impressive Moonee Valley winner You’ve Been Had has become a banner boy for connections who are prepared to be patient with their maturing horses.
Bred by Darraweit Guim’s Darryl Laity, the son of Reward For Effort did not race until he was five-years-old but has now racked up five wins in just eight career starts.
While You’ve Been Had brought many smiles to the faces of his trainer and owners at Moonee Valley when winning over 1000 metres, breeder Laity admitted it was not that long ago he was questioning if the horse would ever race.
Laity had sold You’ve Been Had as a weanling through the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft for $21,000 at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale to Mornington trainer Lisa Enright.
“I was starting to wonder what had happened to him, as he was a great type, and a relaxed, easy going colt, but he obviously needed a bit of time to grow and develop,” Laity said.
“He was lucky to find (trainer) Lisa (Enright), who gave him that time to mature, as if he had gone to one of the big stables, we wouldn’t see him now. In this case, patience has paid off.”
Currently breeding a handful of mares each year, Laity proudly supports the Victorian stallion roster and the VOBIS scheme.
“We have a few on the ground by Unencumbered and Ready For Victory, and our mares are heading to Reset and Brazen Beau this year,” Laity indicated.
“I only had the two foals the year You’ve Been Had was born…his paddock mate who is named Rezak, has turned out to be quite handy too. He raced here with Greg Eurell (for five wins), before heading over to Perth. The two must have taught each other something racing around in the paddock.”
For Mornington trainer Lisa Enright it was an emotional victory as her nephew Ryder Enright, usually a regular at the track had been diagnosed with leukemia during the week.
“It was a great win, and I’m sure Ryder was cheering hard in his hospital bed. Dusty is his favourite horse, so he can pick a type, and now having had five wins from eight starts, he is the stable superstar!”
You’ve Been Had will now enjoy a couple of weeks off and then head back to the Valley for a lucrative VOBIS Gold bonus race.
“If he happens to win that then we will be looking at something better in the spring….” Enright said.
Meanwhile the success for Chatswood Stud sire Reward for Effort flowed into Sunday at Sandown with his son Sheriff John Stone narrowly beating Seven Year Reward. Then on Tuesday at Warracknabeal, the Barbara Saunders homebred mare Belle Prix scored to make it three good winners for the sire in just four days.