Five of the 12 stayers engaged for The BMW 2013 at Rosehill this Saturday are at single-figures to win and while exciting mare Silent Achiever is not one of them, her jockey James McDonald is confident she’ll be right up there with the favourites on the line.
The latest markets for the $2.25 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) have last spring’s Victoria Derby winner Fiveandahalfstar installed as the $3.10 favourite after the three-year-old ran second in both the Australian Cup and Ranvet Stakes.
There are four others under $10 before Silent Achiever comes in at double-figures ($10) in the The BMW odds – a nice price according to Kiwi expat McDonald.
McDonald has partnered with the Roger James-trained O’Reilly four-year-old for her three runs this time in, the best of which was a close fourth to Shoot Out in the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Warwick Farm early last month.
Winner of last year’s NZ Derby Silent Achiever was last seen running four lengths away fifth to Foreteller, a $7 chance for The BMW on Saturday, in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill.
Getting back up to the mile and a half this weekend McDonald is tipping Silent Achiever to be more competitive in The BMW especially after partnering her for a nice track gallop at Randwick earlier in the week.
“I think her best bit of work this preparation was on Tuesday (morning),” he said.
“She needed the run last start because you could tell when she got to the furlong marker she really peaked on her run.
“I reckon she’s spot-on for her race this time and going on her work she is definitely going to give the favourite a run for his money.”
McDonald will also be keeping a close eye on The BMW top fancy Fiveandahalfstar for another reason as he prepares to take him on in the $1.5 million Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) at Royal Randwick Saturday week when reuniting with gun High Chaparral colt It’s A Dundeel.
Winner of the Randwick Guineas – Rosehill Guineas double at their two most recent runs with McDonald in the saddle, the Murray Baker-trained It’s A Dundeel is the hot $1.65 favourite for the Australian Derby ahead of Fiveandahalfstar ($4.40).
“Hopefully Fiveandahalfstar has a bit of a gut-buster leading into the Derby,” McDonald said cheekily.
“But still, he’s a classy customer and he’s going to be making his own luck out in front in the BMW and he’s going to be hard to beat.”
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