At Flemington in Melbourne, Chatswood Stud's Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winning stallion Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel-Miss Prospect, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when 4YO bay gelding Ability (Reward For Effort-Paeroa, by Dubai Destination) continued his ascension through the sprinting ranks with a brilliant win in the $150,000 Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Duke Of Brunswick & Ruettiger. Raced by the estate of the late Phil Sly, Ability, who was a $150,000 purchase by Matchem Racing at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Yallambee Stud, improved his record to 6 wins and 4 placings from 15 starts for $278,250 in earnings. Trainer Robert Smerdon said the progressive Ability would be given a short break before returning later in the spring. "We will look deeper into the spring with him around Caulfield Cup week and Melbourne Cup week," Smerdon told racing.com. Ability is a direct descendant of champion mare Glorious Song, dam of multiple Gr1-winning champion racehorse and sire Singspiel, and top sire Rahy. This is also the family of dual Gr1 winner Devil's Bag, Gr1 winner Campanologist, and Saint Ballado.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Jindera Park's Gr1-winning stallion Duporth (Red Ransom-Staging, by Success Express) added a black-type success when 4YO gelding Ruettiger (Duporth-Be Inspired, by Zabeel) scored by 0.2-length for trainers Lee & Anthony Freedman in the $150,000 Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) for 3YO+, over fellow 4YO gelding Voddoo Lad (I Am Invincible-O'Fortuna, by Gilded Time) & 5YO gelding Reldas (Testa Rossa-Classic Status, by Marscay). This was the maiden stakes victory for Ruettiger who improved his record to 5 wins and 6 placings from 15 starts for $192,650 earnings. Ruettiger - who was originally purchased for $105,000 at the 2012 NZB National Weanling Sale before being subsequently sold for $150,000 at the 2013 NZB Ready To Run Sale - is out of a sister to Gr3 winner Rainbow Styling (Zabeel) and a half-sister to Gr3 winner Zingaling (Redoute's Choice).