Roger James’ boom Kiwi filly Silent Achiever will be out on Saturday looking to finish the same winning double fellow New Zealand galloper Jimmy Choux did 12 months ago by winning the 2012 Rosehill Guineas in Sydney.
Like subsequent Cox Plate runner-up Jimmy Choux, O’Reilly filly Silent Achiever won the Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) back home ahead of her chance in the $500,000 Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) this Saturday.
And like Jimmy Choux the smart three-year-old shoots for win number five on the trot in the Rosehill Guineas, Silent Achiever rising through the ranks very quickly.
“She’s come out of nowhere really,” James said.
“She didn’t win her first start but she just changed gear.
“Three more strides she would have won and then at her next start she duly won pretty impressively, and it was then I knew I had something pretty smart.
“Since then every time I’ve raised the bar she has just kept lifting.”
While James is unsure of how Silent Achiever’s form will stack up against some of the classy Australian hopefuls on Saturday including Alister Clark Stakes champ Highly Recommended, Randwick Guineas runner-up Said Com and Randwick Guineas third placed Laser Hawk, he does know that she can beat at least two of the fellow Kiwis.
There are three other New Zealand-trained horses nominated for the Rosehill Guineas this year with Ocean Park, Rock ‘N’ Pop and reigning Victorian Derby winner Sangster, two of which she has already met and defeated.
The Gary Hennessy-trained Ocean Park, who ran eighth to Mosheen in their Australian debut in the Rosehill Guineas last start, she defeated by a quarter length in the Group 3 Waikato Guienas (2000m) at Te Rapa on February 4, a win that would likely have been by more had Silent Achiever not been blocked for a run.
“She’s had four runs over ground, all at Group level, she’s met the colts in three of them and she’s won each time with her ears pricked,” James said.
“Ocean Park was red-hot favourite the day they met and she beat him fairly and squarely.”
Silent Achiever also got the better of Jason Bridgman’s Fastnet Rock colt Rock ‘N’ Pop when they ran two and a half lengths away second to her in the NZ Derby on March 3.
“She had a five-week break before her last two starts and then another four-week break into this so I’m happy with the order she’s in,” James said.
On Saturday on of Australia’s leading jockeys Hugh Bowman will replace James McDonald in the saddle, Silent Achiever looking for her sixth win from eight career starts.
“That’s a good starting point for us as it’s either two weeks to the Derby or three weeks to the Oaks,” James said of Saturday’s race.
Silent Achiever is the $7 favourite in the Australian Derby odds through bookmaker.com.au but pays $4.40 as the second elect behind Mosheen ($2.30) in the Australian Oaks markets.
Will Silent Achiever open favourite in the Rosehill Guineas odds at bookmaker.com.au later this week?
Stay tuned to Races.com.au to view the final field on Wednesday followed by the release of the Rosehill Guineas markets.