Silent Achiever has returned to work in New Zealand ahead of her 2014 Spring Racing Carnival campaign that will be highlighted by a tilt at the 2014 Melbourne Cup at Flemington November 4.
Trainer Roger James has been desperate to give Silent Achiever an opportunity over 3200 metres and the O’Reilly mare was set for the Melbourne Cup last year, but was ruled out of the race after she received some nasty cuts on both her hind legs when finishing eighth in the Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m).
James told Racing Ahead that he is yet to decide on what path Silent Achiever will follow during the 2014 Spring Racing Carnival, but said that the Caulfield Cup, Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) and Group 1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) were all on the agenda for the four-time Group 1 winner.
“She will just come quietly through and she will go into the Memsie without a trial,” James said.
“I will use that as a trial basically and kick-off from there.
“I am undecided as to my path, I would like to see the weights for the Cups before I tie her down, and the Cox Plate has got to be a consideration this year.
“I would like to see how we are weighted in both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups before I make that decision.”
Silent Achiever was sent to the spelling paddock at the end of her breakthrough 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign that saw the five-year-old finally record her maiden Group 1 victory in Australia.
The tough mare returned to racing with strong wins in New Zealand, taking out the Retina Specialists Handicap (1500m) and Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m), and surprised punters who were expecting a match race between It’s A Dundeel and Fiorente to take out the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 22.
Silent Achiever proved that victory was no fluke when she stepped up to 2400 metres to takes out the Group 1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens on April 5 and was far from disgraced when fourth in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on April 19.
James sent his star mare to the spelling paddock straight after the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and said that the rising six-year-old had done extremely well in her time away from the stable.
“She has done very well,” James said.
“She looks big and burly and she was certainly ready to start work.”
Silent Achiever is currently available at 2014 Melbourne Cup odds of $31 and is priced at a quote of $19 to win the Caulfield Cup and $10 to take out the Cox Plate.
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