Moody delays decision on reward

Peter Moody wants a dead or a “good” slow surface at worst for Reward For Effort to resume in Saturday’s Sir John Monash Stakes on his home track at Caulfield.
The Exceed And Excel colt hasn’t raced since finishing seventh to Phelan Ready in the 2009 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on a heavy track and Moody is keen to win a stakes race with him before his three-year-old season ends.

There are only three suitable races for Reward For Effort before the end of the month, the others being the Group Three Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on July 31 and the Dermody Stakes (1000m) at Morphettville on the same day.

The Caulfield track was on Wednesday rated a dead (5) after persistent showers which were again predicted for Thursday.

“The track would want to be dead or a ‘good’ slow for me to start him on Saturday,” Moody said.

Reward For Effort hadn’t raced on worse than a dead track before the Slipper which was his fourth run in a race and won both the Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) and the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on good tracks at Caulfield.

He was runner-up to Real Saga on a dead track in the Group Three Blue Diamond Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield before turning the tables on that colt in the Blue Diamond.

He was being prepared for last spring but suffered a minor sprain to a suspensory ligament.

The colt then had an adverse reaction to treatment which also forced him out of competing during the autumn.

Moody said he would accept with Reward For Effort at Caulfield and with exciting wet tracker Ghostmilk at Rosehill.

“I want a good track at Caulfield for Reward For Effort but a wet one in Sydney for Ghostmilk,” Moody said.

“I’ll accept with her at Rosehill and make a decision later on whether to send her up there.”

Ghostmilk is nominated for the Listed $100,000 Winter Stakes (1500m) and has the minimum weight of 53kg.

The imported rising seven-year-old Golan mare has produced powerful finishes to win her past three starts on rain affected tracks at Sandown (twice) and Moonee Valley.