Yirribee Stud Cheer On For A Reason

10:58 AM 18 Dec 2013 NZDT
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For A Reason and connections - pictured after his Victoria Cup win
Yirribee Stud boss Rod Woodhouse was cheering loudly when the Belinda McCarthy trained For A Reason took on Saturday night's Victoria Cup. The son of Art Major stood a season at Yirribee before returning to the racetrack earlier this year and Woodhouse admits to having a soft spot for the 1:49.4 winner.

"He is just a lovely animal, I have a special attachment to For A Reason because he is such a kind horse and was great to have here on the property," Woodhouse said.

"He got 45 mares but I must admit I was pretty disappointed with that, I thought he deserved a lot more but being "a colonial" stallion went against him, I'm sure now that he has run those fast times at Menangle and won a Victoria Cup that the interest will be much bigger when he does eventually retire."

Woodhouse admitted the number of broodmares For A Reason attracted in his first season at stud was one of the main reasons he was put back into work.

"I was having a chat with Luke McCarthy at the sales in Sydney over a few beers and we got talking about putting him back into work and Luke told me to jog him up for six weeks and see how he was coping."

"He handled it very comfortably and when I spoke with Luke again he said jog him up for another five and at the end of those eleven weeks he was ready to head back to the McCarthy stable."

There has been plenty of interest in For A Reason since Saturday night's Victoria Cup victory.

"You would be surprised, the phone hasn't stopped ringing, I reckon in the first two days after the win I would have had twenty calls asking if there was any frozen semen available."

"I put ten mares to him and will be taking eight yearlings to the sales next year, I'm sure there will be plenty of interest in them."

Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |



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