Reward For Effort’s Ability wins at Flemington



Craig Williams believes Ability will measure up to Stakes grade races in the spring after claiming an emotional win aboard the Robert Smerdon-trained sprinter at Flemington on Saturday.

The four-year-old maintained his unbeaten record as a gelding with a decisive win over Husson Eaglein an incident-riddled edition of the Country Achiever Gerald Egan Handicap (1100m).

The win brought up a winning double for Williams who saluted in the previous race on Charlevoix and the jockey said he was thrilled to carry the colours of the late Phil Sly to victory.

“It’s great to see Janet (McCaughy, Sly’s former partner) here and nice that this horse still races in the colours of the estate of Phil Sly,” Williams said.

“The stable were very confident that the horse had improved from his first-up win and he looked great in the yard and raced nicely.

“He works like a good horse, he’s named like a good horse and now he’s putting it together.”

The son of Reward For Effort is likely to press on to the Listed Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) on 8 July and Williams can see no reason why he can’t bring up a third consecutive win in the $150,000 feature.

“He’s still got to tick the box at 1200m but he’s going the right way and I think he’ll take a lot of beating in the final,” he said.

“I’ve got a big opinion of him and I think Robert has a couple of nice races planed for him so you might see him competing in some nice sprint races over the spring.”

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