Best On Breeding
Mark Smith - Friday, 14 July 2017

With two last place finishes, Gold Symphony began the season with a whimper, but when the calendar flipped over to 2017 it has been a completely different story.

In eight starts since the worst finish for the Triple Crown colour bearer came with his close-up sixth in the Group I Stradbroke Handicap.

The 4-time stakes winning son of Reward For Effort may have been born in Victoria however he is a triumph of New Zealand breeding.

Both his sire and dam descend from the very best families in the NZ Stud Book.


Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reward For Effort comes from the prolific family descending from Sovereign Editions sister Royal News (IRE) while Gold Symphony’s dam Tzaress comes from the remarkable ‘Belle’ family.

If not for Gold Symphony’s granddam Charming Belle (Imposing), it would be a seven generation streak of producing stakes winners going back all the way to the Foxbridge mare Belle Fox who was born in 1939.

A half-sister to multiple Group II winner Delightful Belle, the dam of Golden Slipper and Newmarket Handicap winner Belle du Jour (Dehere) and to the dam of Group 1 Goodwood Handicap winner Perfectly Ready (More Than Ready), Charming Belle came close to continuing the streak when her daughter Miss Charmer (Zabeel) finished third in the VRC St Leger.

Miss Charmer is the dam of Group III AJC Sweet Embrace winner Stripper (Danehill Dancer) who was narrowly beaten by Duporth in the 2008 Golden Rose.

She is also the dam of Tzaress, an unraced daughter of Stravinsky (USA) who besides Gold Symphony has the recent WA winner Premium Reward and the Bjorn Baker-trained Tony’s Reward who was a pleasing fourth at Wyong on Thursday when making his racetrack debut.

All three are by Reward For Effort.

A $100,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications from the draft of Grange Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling sale, Gold Symphony has proved his worth with a record of 6 wins, 2 seconds and 2 thirds from 20 starts with earnings of $515,750. (photo Grant Courtney)

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained 4yo gelding can add to his booty in Saturday’s $150,000 Listed Winter Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens.

He has to cope with the top weight of 59 kgs and barrier 12 but has Hugh Bowman in the saddle. 

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