New Zealand horseman Roger James is pleased with the recent work of his multiple Group 1 winning mare Silent Achiever as she gears up for a Doomben Cup preparatory run in the 2015 AD Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast this weekend.
The six-year-old daughter of O’Reilly will shoot for fifth elite level title when she travels to Brisbane on May 9 for the $650,000 Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m).
Before then however she’ll look to pick up a bit of Gold Coast black-type when she races in Saturday’s traditional Doomben Cup lead-up, the $358,000 Group 2 A.D. Hollindale Stakes (1800m).
“It would be six runs between runs to the Doomben Cup and it would be too tough on her,” Roger told Fairfax NZ from Brisbane on Monday.
Best known for her Group 1 Ranvet Stakes – The BMW winning double at Rosehill last autumn, Silent Achiever has failed to win a race over the past 12 months.
Her form, while not as brilliant as previous campaigns, has been far from dull however and includes a host of Group 1 fourth and third placings including her third to Adelaide in last October’s Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.
Most recently she defended her titles in both the Ranvet Stakes and The BMW but could only manage to run fourth and sixth respectively.
James is confident she can improve on that when dropped down in class for the Hollindale Stakes and then races in Brisbane for the first time in the Doomben Cup next month.
“She had a week in the paddock after the BMW and a quiet week when back in the stable,” he said.
“She has freshened up nicely.”
The Hollindale Stakes has produced six of the past 10 Doomben Cup winners including last year with classy mare Streama (2014) completing the double.
Having been in Queensland for over a week, Silent Achiever worked well on Saturday morning in a trackwork test that gave James plenty of confidence pre-Hollindale.
“She worked really well and she travelled over (last Sunday) and has settled in quickly,” James said.
“It was 10 and a half hours from stable to stable and she had a light trot and canter this morning (Monday).”
James also confirmed the mare’s regular rider during her latest Sydney autumn campaign, Kerrin McEvoy, will be back aboard in the Hollindale Stakes.
If he continues his association with her all the way to the Doomben Cup, McEvoy will be shooting for his second win in the weight-for-age classic following his success aboard the Chris Waller-trained Sydney raider Metal Bender (2010).
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