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New Zealand trainer Roger James has confirmed first-up plans in Sydney for his smart Kiwi mare Silent Achiever who is set to resume racing in the Apollo Stakes 2015 in a fortnight.
Ambitious long-term plans this preparation are in motion for the O’Reilly six-year-old who will tackle a number of Group 1 targets during The Championships before heading to France for the coveted Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Last seen running a brave third when beaten under half a length by European raider Adelaide in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) back on October 25, Silent Achiever is set to travel to Sydney next week.
Her Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival campaign last year was ultra-impressive and included dual Group 1 wins.
After back-to-back victories at home at Ellerslie, including in the Group 1 New Zealand Stakes (2000m), she arrived at Rosehill to win the Ranvet Stakes – The BMW double in fine style.
Impressing in her recent track work, the four-time Group 1 champion will run first-up in the $250,000 Group 2 Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on February 14.
“She’s on the plane in about ten days’ time to run first-up in the Apollo Stakes at Randwick on February 14,” James told Racenet on Monday.
“The Chipping Norton and Ranvet Stakes are definitely on the agenda and we will have to consider the BMW or the Queen Elizabeth Stakes after that.”
The $500,000 Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) runs at Warwick Farm on February 28 followed by her likely title defense in the $500,000 Group 1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) on March 21 at Rosehill Gardens.
Her other big win from last autumn, the $1.5 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) is then held on March 28 followed by the lucrative $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 11 that she ran fourth to It’s A Dundeel in last year.
The focus however is on her ultimate 2015 goal, a run in the Group 1 The Qatar Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday October 4 at Longchamp Racecourse in France, meaning James will take it race-by-race in the autumn.
“The Ranvet and the BMW are close together and I don’t think she comes back from 2400 to 2000 metres which makes the Queen Elizabeth tricky so she may only have three runs in Sydney,” he said.
Nash Rawiller, who rode Silent Achiever last autumn and in the Cox Plate last start, will likely continue his association with the mare after the Apollo Stakes where a jockey is still to be confirmed.
“Nash is keen to ride but he only gets a dispensation from Hong Kong for Group I races. I’ve spoken to some rider agents this morning and we’ll sort something,” James said.
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