Leading jockey Nash Rawiller will need all the tricks in his book if he is to get All Silent back to his best form.
That is the opinion of trainer Graham Begg who has engaged Rawiller on his former two time Group One winner in Stradbroke handicap at Eagle Farm on June 11.
Begg will be hoping that All Silent can find the form that saw him put in one of the all time great 1200m runs up the straight at Flemington when he won the 2009 Patinack Farm Classic.
The former Group 1 winner has not won a race since that day and produced a less than impressive run when battling away to finish sixth of seven in the Doomben 10,000.
Brenton Avdulla has ridden in many big races for Begg on horses such as Ilovethiscity and Handsupfordetroit, however Begg has gone for the more experienced hoop in what could be All Silent’s last campaign.
“Nothing against Brenton but it’s D-day for All Silent.
“We can’t be guessing anymore and Nash’s record in Group Ones is second to none so if he can’t get him to fire then we seriously have to think about calling it a day,” said Begg.
Begg was confident before the Doomben 10,000 that All Silent would run better than his odds suggested, but was said to be ‘extremely disappointed’ when his charge could get no closer than four lengths behind eventual winner Beaded.
“I am not going to make excuses for him anymore. The horse was working better than ever going into it and I truly thought he’d run very well,” said Begg.
All Silent has won eight races which includes two Group Ones. He won the Emirates Stakes in 2008 and the Patinack Farm Classic in 2009.