Reproduced from Breednet. By Tara Madgwick

A brilliant winner of the 2009 Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes, Chatswood Stud’s Reward for Effort has been churning out the winners this season and is currently engaged in a close battle with Star Witness for supremacy in the third crop sires division by winners.

The handsome bay son of Exceed and Excel has posted 44 winners of over $1.6 million in prizemoney since August 1 including metropolitan winners this month such as Brugal Reward, Premium Reward, Bounce Down, Big Effort and Amaliemoo, while Gold Symphony won in Sydney in January and was also third in the Listed ATC Carrington Stakes.

Reward for Effort has also had winners in Hong Kong, Macau and South Africa this year, while on Wednesday he added a new stakes horse to his tally with Tuff Bickie finishing third in the Group 3 Launceston Cup.

His efforts have earned him a place in the Top 40 sires by Australian winners, not a bad effort given his oldest progeny are just four year-olds.

His exciting two year-old filly Blondie won on debut with authority at Moonee Valley last month for the Brendan McCarthy stable and has been given her chance to emulate the success of her sire in the Blue Diamond Stakes on Saturday.

Reward for Effort filly Blondie lines up in the Group 1 Blue Diamond (John Donegan-Racing Photos)

Reward for Effort filly Blondie lines up in the Group 1 Blue Diamond (John Donegan-Racing Photos)

Blondie has drawn gate nine and will be ridden by Chris Symons.

The Darren Weir trained three year-old Gratwick is another progressive type for Reward for Effort and gets his chance to step up on Saturday in the Group III MRC Zeditave Stakes (1200m).

Group 3 placed at two, Gratwick has been racing consistently and comes into this race off a strong last start win at Moonee Valley.

Other promising Reward for Effort runners heading for Black Type are Brugal Reward and Gwenneth, who run in the Group 3 MVRC Typhoon Tracy Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night and Intrice’s Reward, who runs in the Group 2 MRC Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Having covered increasingly better books of mares in every year he has been at stud, Reward for Effort had strong results at Inglis Premier last year with 14 yearlings averaging $97,500 and has another stellar draft of 22 for 2017.

Below are some Premier highlights for Reward for Effort in Session 1 and click here to see his full draft.

Lot 90 Colt Reward for Effort x My Southern Bell, by Octagonal – Miranda Park. A half-brother to Group III winner Flying Tristram.

Lot 312 Filly Reward for Effort x Viva La Diva, by Barathea (IRE) – Chatswood Stud. Half-sister to six winners from SW Viva La Diva, a daughter of Blue Diamond winner Riva Diva.

Lot 362 Colt Reward for Effort x Avelon Royale, by Falvelon – Supreme Thoroughbreds. Full brother to Effortless Power, who has won again since the catalogue went to print at Ballarat.

Lot 389 Colt Reward for Effort x Bouchette, by Canny Lad – Supreme Thoroughbreds. Half-brother to four winners from stakes-placed Bouchette.

Lot 553 Filly Reward for Effort x Kobe Queen, by Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) – Willaroon Thoroughbreds. First foal of a winning daughter of Group III winner Queen Isolt.

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