A Victorian bred filly featured in TBV’s preview of Friday night’s Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley took the honours impressively. The race was co-sponsored by long term supporter of TBV, workers compensation experts Gallagher Bassett.

Gallagher Bassett’s Barry Oliver, MVRC Vice Chair Don Casboult, owner Peter Murray, trainer Murray Johnson and TBV’s Adam Tims celebrate Take Pride’s win

Take Pride, bred by Tyabb’s Eldon Park Stud and became Chatswood Stud stallion Reward for Effort’s second stakes winner for the season and elevated him to the top of the National Second Season Sires premiership.

The Murray John (Seymour) filly skipped clear of her rivals for an all the way three-length victory over hot favourite Secret Agenda.

“She’s very quick and is at the top of her game,” owner-trainer Murray Johnson said.

“We will just enjoy tonight before making a decision on her next start. There are lots of options.”

Take Pride (3f Reward For Effort – Shabtis by Elusive Quality) had finished close up behind Petits Filous in stakes races at Caulfield and Flemington before the breakthrough at Moonee Valley.

She is from a half-sister to the dam of Mummify and cost owner Peter Murray $94,000 from Eldon Park at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier. Since the sale, Ottoman, a three quarter sister has won at Group 3 level, won almost $600,000 for Godolphin Racing and will be targeted at Group 1 races during the Spring Carnival.

Take Pride is the first foal of the Elusive Quality mare Shabtis who in recent weeks has foaled a colt by Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon.

Take Pride returns to winners stall at Moonee Valley

Eldon Park stud owner Dr Donald Byrne said she was a beautiful filly right from the start

“She was a top class girl! Simon Vivian from Inglis thought she was a magnificent filly. Good in the body, good in the legs.”

Reward for Effort won the Victorian freshman title last season and he is leading the current Australian second-season premiership with earnings of $408,535. Apart from dual black type winning Gold Symphony and Take Pride, his 3yo winners this season include Effortless (Bendigo), Take a Sip (Northam), Marie Clare (Devonport) & Ability (Sale).

The Chatswood Stud champion is ready to make a similar impression with his second crop of two year-olds starting with his filly White Feather who won an 800m barrier trial at Morphettville on Friday.

White Feather is trained by Dan Clarken for owner Michael Duffield and her dam Sugus’ Song (Jan Murray) has already thrown winners by Bianconi, Orpen, Lycius and Bite The Bullet.

Chatswood Stud stands Reward for Effort (Exceed And Excel) for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee.

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