More airpoints for Silent Achiever


Silent Achiever beating Carlton House (inner) in last year's Ranvet Stakes. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk).

Silent Achiever beating Carlton House (inner) in last year’s Ranvet Stakes. (Photo: NZ Racing Desk).

Silent Achiever has embarked on her eighth Australian campaign, but for a change it’s in new territory.

The wonderful Cambridge mare arrived in Brisbane yesterday and will make her Queensland debut in Saturday’s Gr. 2 A$358,000 A.D. Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast this weekend.

Trainer Roger James wanted to see Silent Achiever perform well in trackwork last Saturday morning before confirming the trip and she obviously passed the test with flying colours.

“She worked really well and she travelled over yesterday and has settled in quickly,” said James “It was 10 and a half hours from stable to stable and she had a light trot and canter this morning.”

Silent Achiever was freshened after finishing sixth in the Gr. 1 BMW at Randwick last month and James is setting her for the Gr. 1 A$650,000 Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on May 9, but feels she needs to have Saturday’s race.

“It would be six runs between runs to the Doomben Cup and it would be too tough on her,” he said. “She had a week in the paddock after the BMW and a quiet week when back in the stable. She has freshened up nicely.”

Kerrin McEvoy has been booked to ride Silent Achiever on Saturday, continuing the association he had with her during her recent Sydney campaign in which she finished fourth in both the Chipping Norton Stakes and Ranvet Stakes after kicking off with a fifth in the Apollo Stakes.

Silent Achiever has made four trips to Sydney and three to Melbourne and each time she has picked up stake money.

Her first trip, as a three-year-old after winning the NZ Derby, was to Sydney and resulted in a third in the Rosehill Guineas and a sixth in the Australian Derby.

The following spring she headed to Melbourne and was a first-up winner of the Gr. 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley then fourth in the Gr. 2 Matriarch Stakes at Flemington.

It was back to Sydney in the autumn of 2013 and her best efforts in four starts was a close second to Fiveandahalfstar in the Gr. 1 BMW and fourths in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and the Chipping Norton Stakes.

She then travelled to Melbourne in the spring and picked up minor prizemoney in three of her four starts and it was back to Sydney in the autumn last year and was on fire, winning the Ranvet Stakes and BMW before finishing fourth to Dundeel in the A$4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Her sixth trip across the Tasman was to Melbourne last spring when the highlight of her four starts was her close third behind Adelaide in the Gr. 1 Cox Plate. Though she didn’t win during her latest Sydney campaign, she acquitted herself well, picking up almost $100,000 in stake money.

Now Silent Achiever has the opportunity to boost her total prizemoney closer to $4 million. The tally is sitting on $3,659,833 and it will be a surprise if she doesn’t make the Queenslanders sit up and take notice of her undoubted ability.