The progeny of Victorian stallion Reward For Effort are in demand in Hong Kong reports DANNY POWER.

If you have a young metropolitan class son of Reward For Effort, the prospect of a knock on the door by an agent representing Hong Kong buyers is a real possibility. Reward For Effort has had a big season in Hong Kong with all his five runners winning races, headed by the standout sprint prospect Jumbo Luck, who is likely to be a contender for the big Group sprints at the end of the year.

Jumbo luck couldn’t have been more impressive beating a quality class 2 field at Sha Tin over 1200 metres on June 3. Looking every bit the image of his sire, Jumbo Luck jumped from barrier 10 and did all the work on the pace before careering away with a most impressive win from the highly fancied Mission Tycoon. Back in the ruck of the field were Group 1 Winner Summer Passage and former classy Sydney Group 2-winning 2YO, Gunnison. Jumbo Luck’s time of 1min 08.23secs puts him in the elite class of sprinters in Hong Kong. His earnings are now just short of $HK4.7 million ($786,000), not bad on an $82,500 investment as a 2YO ready-to-run.

Jumbo Luck ws bred by Reward For Effort shareholder, Victorian Eamon McNulty, who bred the colt from his mare Maid In Secret (by Made Of Gold (USA)).

Little wonder noted agent John Foote, who has a strong Hong Kong clientele, bought two Reward For Effort colts–spending $80,000 and $82,500–at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in March, when Reward For Effort averaged a healthy $84,000 off an $11,000 (inc. GST) service fee.


On the same weekend Jumbo Luck was impressing the Chinese, Reward for Effort’s highly promising Victorian gelding, You’ve Been Had, put in the run of the day when second behind Balancing Act at Moonee Valley after producing the day’s best sectionals coming from near last at the 400 metres. You’ve Been Had, a 5YO, had won four of his five starts before that for trainer and part-owner Lisa Enright, who bought him as a weanling and has given the horse plenty of time to mature. Enright said that You’ve Been Had is a “true professional, nothing bothers him”, which is exactly what is said about Jumbo Luck, any why the Reward For Effort stock are in such demand.

Reward For Effort has inched his way into the top-20 of the Australian General Sires’ List (for winners) this season. He’s within two winners of Hinchinbrook and ahead of top stallions as Star Witness, Bel Esprit, Stratum and More Than Ready. It’s the ability to consistently sire winners that¬† makes Reward For Effort appealing to breeders wanting to kick off the breeding career of a young mare and also Victorian’s chasing the lucrative VOBIS bonus money.

Reward For Effort, a son of Exceed and Excel from a Rory’s Jester mare, stands this season at Chatswood Stud, Seymour, at a very reasonable $16,500 (inc. GST.) Last year he covred 202 mares, the most of any stallion in Victoria, and he will be in great demand again.

– Danny Power.