Equal favourite for this Saturday’s 2012 Australian Derby at Randwick, Roger James’ boom New Zealand-trained filly Silent Achiever is reportedly in flying form ahead of her big test against the boys despite a less than impressive piece of trackwork earlier in the week.
The sole filly in the 13-horse field for this year’s edition of the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m), running as Randwick Race 7 at 3:35pm on Saturday, Silent Achiever came up with barrier nine.
A winner of five of her eight career starts to date, including four straight Group features culminating with the Group 1 NZ Derby (2400m) back home this time in, Silent Achiever debuted down under last start when going down as the beaten favourite in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 31.
For that performance, a gutsy effort as she finished less than a half-length off the winner Laser Hawk after jumping from gate 15 and not getting a smooth run, Silent Achiever was ridden by Hugh Bowman who retains the ride this weekend.
Having had a run in Sydney now, from a better gate, and stepping back up to the 2400m Silent Achiever is rated the $3.60 equal favourite along with her last start conqueror Laser Hawk in the latest Australian Derby odds at bookmaker.com.au.
“She showed a great turn of foot and really sustained a gallop in the (New Zealand) Derby and I think that’s what might have been against her the other day (in the Rosehill Guineas),” Bowman said.
“Coming back in trip she just lacked that turn of foot.”
Bowman was also aboard the smart filly for her final piece of serious work before the Derby yesterday, James warning the jockey not to judge her chances by the hitout.
“She’s never been a great worker and that’s what happened again this morning,” James said on Tuesday.
“Fortunately I said to Hughie beforehand, ‘Don’t be disappointed if she doesn’t work flash because she never has yet’.
“To be honest I was disappointed with her work before the New Zealand Derby but my track work rider who is very good just said, ‘Don’t be concerned, she’s all right’.
“I thought her work was actually pretty good for her (this time).
“As quick as she’s ever gone on the track I would think.”
Gai Waterhouse’s Laser Hawk meanwhile drew wide with barrier 11 as they attempt the Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby double, a gate that doesn’t concern connections.
“I don’t think it is a major deal over a mile-and-a-half,” Laser Hawk’s owner Eduardo Cojuangco’s manager Andrew Baddock from Gooree Stud said.
“Nash (Rawiller) will give him a dig, roll forward, he is riding that good he’ll be in front on the rails after a furlong.”
The only other runner under double-figures in the Australian Cup betting markets at bookmaker.com.au is then Rosehill Guineas runner-up Ocean Park ($5), another New Zealander who was a late entry into the classic.
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