Chatswood Stud stallion Reward For Effort badged his fourth winner when Jevilla prevailed in a three-way finish at Ascot on Wednesday.
The Keysbrook-based filly is trained and owned by Elva Van Merwyk in partnership with Jill Lewis. She jumped straight to the front for Kyra Yuill in the Westspeed Hcp (1000m) and refused to give in when tackled by Danerip’s Girl (Alfred Nobel) and Orbit the Sun (Planet Five).
“There was a lot of speed in the race so it was always going to be hard to cross,” Yuill said. “She did more work than I wanted but toughed it out super.”
Jevilla (2f Reward For Effort – Princess Baxaar by Xaar) was bred and sold by Gold Front Thoroughbreds and cost $26,000 at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions. She is a half-sister to the Sydney winner The Alfonso (Magnus) and will have her next start in the G3 Gimcrack Stakes at Ascot on March 14.
Reward For Effort is third on the Australian first-season premiership behind Beneteau and Hitchinbrook with 4 winners of 5 races and $208,890 in prizemoney.
This weekend marks six years since Reward For Effort raced away with the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes. He has 27 yearlings parading at the Inglis Premier Sale starting on Sunday, March 1 including 8 from Chatswood.