Roger James’ New Zealand Derby winner Silent Achiever is back on track for an ambitious Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival 2013 raid after suffering some minor muscular problems during her most recent spell.
“We had a bit of a hiccup with her,” James said. “She had a muscular problem and we lost a month so we’re playing catch-up a bit.
“Hopefully we can have a trouble free prep from here on in because five or six weeks ago I wasn’t sure if we’d make it.
“I would have liked to have had a better preparation for her but it won’t be all bad if she thrives.
“The good thing about her is she doesn’t take a lot of work and we’re on the right track now. We’ve got a good base into her now.”
The talented O’Reilly four-year-old has been in the paddock since her close fourth to Midnight Martini in the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day which followed her good win over Rangirangdoo in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.
A winner of half of her 12 starts so far she is best known for her Group 1 New Zealand Derby (2400m) triumph back home in March of last year which was her fourth Group race win on the trot that prep.
After taking out the Derby Silent Achiever embarked on her first Australian campaign and was far from disgraced when a close third beaten under a half length by the Gai Waterhouse-trained Laser Hawk in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m).
She also took on the boys over the mile and half in the Group 1 Australian Derby last autumn finishing a credible sixth to Ethiopia.
Another shot at the Group 1 Sydney autumn features is again on the agenda for Silent Achiever who is progressing well towards a first-up run in New Zealand before crossing the Tasman as she did when resuming at Te Rapa during the spring.
James has named a plethora of elite level targets he plans to head towards with Silent Achiever including the $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 6.
Nominations for the 2013 The BMW were taken by Racing NSW this week with 63 early entries.
The BMW 2013 will be the mare’s third Group 1 target with James planning to run her second-up (first-up down under) in the $350,000 Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm March 9 followed by a shot at the $400,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 23 – the winner of which is exempt from ballot for The BMW.
“She’ll kick off in a handicap race over 1400 metres at Ellerslie on Sunday week and then we’ll bring her across for the Chipping Norton, hopefully two weeks to the Ranvet, two weeks to The BMW,” James said.
“She gets a mile and a half and there are also races like the Doncaster and Queen Elizabeth during the carnival so there are good options.”
The $2 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) runs at Royal Randwick on April 20 followed by the $500,000 Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) back at the track the following Saturday on Sydney Cup Day.
In the current futures Doncaster Mile odds Silent Achiever is inside the top 10 rated a $17 chance in markets led by Pierro ($7.50) and All Too Hard ($9).
Stay tuned to Races.com.au for all the autumn updates and for more on Silent Achiever’s progress.
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