The success of Chatswood sire Reward For Effort extended beyond Australian shores over the weekend with a winner in Hong Kong on Sunday evening at Sha Tin.
Five-year-old Star Superior came from well back to win over 1200 metres with Joao Moreira on board, notching up a second victory for trainer Michael Chang.
Chang lauded the three-time champion jockey’s “perfect” ride on dirt tracker Star Superior.
“I said to him, ‘you cannot chase or force this horse into the contest’. He was a long way back, but I had told him jump, relax him, let him travel last if that’s where he is and save some ground on the bend.
“I thought they would go too fast, there was a lot of speed in the race. It was a lovely ride though, he saved a lot of ground on the turn.”
Star Superior joins Jumbo Luck as winning sons of Reward For Effort in Hong Kong. Jumbo Luck has not raced since winning two in a row at the back end of last season, although his excellent trial form suggests we’ll be seeing him at the track shortly.
Less than twenty-four hours later, Reward For Effort brought up a Victorian racing double with Brueghelino and My Unicorn both winning maidens at Moe.
My Unicorn, under the care of local trainer Peter Gelagotis, was particularly impressive. The three-year-old filly was bred by Dean Watt of Dynamic Syndications fame before being sold through Stonehouse Thoroughbreds at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
Dynamic Syndications raced Reward For Effort with enormous success which included victory in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.