Roger James’ white hot Kiwi mare Silent Achiever is one of the big name nominees for The BMW 2014 at Rosehill Racecourse on Saturday, the last start Ranvet Stakes winner after her second Group 1 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival success on the trot.
One of the three big Group 1 highlights of Golden Slipper Day, this year’s $1.5 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) has attracted 17 early entries.
O’reilly mare Silent Achiever is among the top nominees as one of only three last start winners in the mix.
A dual Group 1 winner back home in her native New Zealand, Silent Achiever has appeared in Sydney for the past two seasons for a number of eye catching performances.
Among her best were a third in the Rosehill Guineas on this day back in 2012 and her second in last year’s The BMW behind Fiveandahalfstar.
She’s back this year for another shot at the weight-for-age feature, this time coming off an upset victory in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at the track from March 22 – a race that has produced 1 of the past 16 The BMW winners.
It was a narrow victory but one that she deserved, and one she’ll be out to repeat going up to the mile and a half here.
Other noteworthy The BMW nominations coming via a good run in the Ranvet Stakes include third placed It’s A Dundeel and the Chris Waller-trained Group 1 winning Purrealist four-year-old Hawkspur who ran fourth.
The Ranvet Stakes was being touted as a two horse battle between Murray Baker’s five-time Group 1 champ It’s A Dundeel and Gai Waterhouse’s Melbourne Cup – Australian Cup champ Fiorente.
Silent Achiever stole the show however, and fellow Kiwi horseman Baker was left searching for answers over the disappointing third of his galloper, High Chaparral four-year-old It’s A Dundeel.
He’s hoping then that the star stallion, winner of last year’s Randwick Guineas – Rosehill Guineas – Australian Derby triple, can atone for that run in Saturday’s big event where Waterhouse’s fellow Ranvet failure Fiorente will also be out to make amends.
Prior to the Ranvet It’s A Dundeel ran a nice second to Boban in the Chipping Norton Stakes, Saturday their chance to post their first win since the Underwood Stakes in Melbourne last September.
The bookies are taking zero chances with a horse of Fiorente’s class however installing them as the early The BMW favourite.
The two other The BMW nominees coming off a victory meanwhile are another of Waller’s five nominees Junoob and the Pat Carey-trained Angola.
Imported Haafhd six-year-old Junoob is in a major class rise here after posting their second win down under on March 15 at Randwick.
While they only defeated a mediocre field in the Listed Randwick City Stakes (2000m) it was still a crack all-the-way effort where they put a minimum five lengths on their rivals.
Also in the mix with some ace recent form are then the likes of Hobart – Launceston Cup double winning mare Epingle, 2012 Melbourne Cup champ Green Moon coming off a good Australian Cup second from a month ago and their veteran stable mate Mourayan who ran fourth in the same lead-up race.
Last year’s winning The BMW trainer Anthony Cummings will also shoot for back-to-back wins if he accepts for his sole nominee, Danehill Dancer three-year-old Surge Ahead looking to do better than their seventh in the Rosehill Guineas last weekend.
Check out the full The BMW 2014 nominations below, final acceptances revealing the field out on Wednesday morning.
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2014 The BMW Nominations
Rosehill Gardens – 05/04/2014
|2||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Chris Waller||102|
|3||EPINGLE (NZ)||Michael Kent||105|
|4||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||118|
|5||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||113|
|6||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||113|
|8||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||117|
|9||JUNOOB (GB)||Chris Waller||101|
|10||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||99|
|11||MORIARTY (IRE)||Chris Waller||109|
|12||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||111|
|13||SAVVY NATURE (NZ)||John O’Shea||96|
|14||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||105|
|15||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||113|
|16||SURGE AHEAD||Anthony Cummings||78|
|17||VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE)||Michael Moroney||113|