Filly achieves desired result at Tauranga

Fred Cornege has achieved the initial step he wanted with the promising filly Thee Achiever.

The Cambridge trainer prepared Thee Achiever, a daughter of O’Reilly and the Centaine mare The Glitter, to quit maiden ranks at Tauranga today in the Tainui Press Design & Print 1600.

Thee Achiever was the second of five winners on the day for rider Craig Grylls and the manner in which she ploughed through the testing slow9 track suggested there is much more in store for her, but Cornege is prepared to wait.

“She’s won a race now so she can have six weeks out then come back for the spring racing,” said Cornege. “She’s too good to plough through the heavy tracks. She’s going to be better for a break.”

Thee Achiever was having her fifth start when she finally broke through for a deserved win and her lead-up form suggested success was close at hand.

She ran third in her first two starts then stepped up to three-year-old company when running on well for sixth behind Telepathic, a leading Queensland Oaks prospect, when sixth at Ellerslie on April 12. She then followed with a second at Te Rapa before her successful performance today.

Thee Achiever was bred by the Dennis brothers of Southland and is a member of their successful family, being a three-quarter sister to the dual Group One winner The Jewel, whose daughters The Glitzy One and The Diamond One have both been top performers at black-type level this season.

She was offered through Janine Dunlop’s Phoenix Park at the 2012 Premier Yearling Sales at Karaka and was sold to GTS Bloodstock of Te Awamutu for $115,000. She is raced by a syndicate which includes Dunlop and a host of first-time owners.

“Several of the group are from Taranaki and most of them haven’t raced a horse before,” said Cornege. “They’re going to have a bit of fun with this one.”