A lot can happen in the space of two years in the world of thoroughbred breeding and for this promising young stallion, events that have unfolded since spring 2011 have now positioned him as one of the most exciting stallions in the country.
Reward for Effort retired to Chatswood Stud two years ago and as a Group I winning juvenile by a very good sire in Exceed and Excel, he had no trouble attracting support at a fee of $11,000 and covered 150 mares.
The best Victorian juvenile of his generation, Reward for Effort won two of his first three starts for Peter Moody, taking the Listed MRC Blue Diamond Preview on debut, then finishing second to Real Saga in the Group III MRC Blue Diamond Prelude.
He turned the tables on that colt to win the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes by more than a length before failing on a treacherous heavy track in the Golden Slipper won by Phelan Ready.
Injured as a spring three year-old, Reward for Effort missed virtually his entire classic season, stepping out in late July to win the Listed MRC Sir John Monash Stakes and then travelling to Sydney to win the Group III STC Concorde Stakes as a four year-old.