Silent Achiever Wins Avondale Guineas

Local filly Silent Achiever again showed she is something special when successful at Ellerslie last Saturday.
The Roger James trained O’Reilly filly simply bolted away with the Group Two Avondale Guineas.
It was a performance which sealed favouritism for the NZ Derby next month.
Allowed to settle at the rear of the field in a truly run race, Silent Achiever cruised to the lead on straightening.
Without been asked for a serious effort by rider James McDonald, Silent Achiever prevailed by one and a half lengths from Shuka.
Just a nose away in third position was another Cambridge trained runner in Carrick.
McDonald was obviously impressed with the performance.
“She caught me by surprise just how quickly she picked them up” said McDonald later.
” She is very good” he added.
Silent Achiever was sent out an odds on favourite by punters after beating Ocean Park in her previous start at Te Rapa.
“She again showed what she is capable of today which was great to see” commented trainer Roger James.
Owner and breeder Kevin Hickman will now pay the late nomination fee to ensure a start in the NZ Derby.
“She will definitely press on for the Derby now” confirmed James.
Silent Achiever will look to become the first filly since Popsy  in 1993 to win the NZ Derby.
“I have no doubts about her getting the distance and on what she has shown to date, she has to be tough to beat” said James.
From what we saw last Saturday, there is no doubt about that!
 
Cambridge trained runners had a field day at Ellerslie.
Apart from Silent Achiever’s stunning win, there were four other local winners on the nine race card.
Leading the charge was Don Sellwood with two winners,Hassle Free and King’s Fortune.
Both horses are raced by the same connections and were ridden to victory by Jonathan Riddell.
Riddell showed commendable skill in getting both runners home.
Riddell rode a patient race on Hassle Free, only going for his mount in the last 100m.
Aboard King’s Fortune, Riddell had to switch ground for an inside run to secure the victory.
The manner of both wins would suggest both horses can repeat at short notice.
 
Lady Kipling proved too strong when winning for James McDonald over 1400m.
The under rated Murray Baker trained mare, finished powerfully to beat another local, Worthing by a long head.
Lady Kipling was fresh up after a brief spell and she again showed her class in securing the victory.
“She probably doesn’t get the recognition she deserves but she continues to perform” said Baker.
 
The last of the Cambridge winners on the day was Captain Marvel.
The lightly raced son of Traditionally, registered a game effort under 59kgs over 2100m.
With James McDonald aboard, Captain Marvel sat outside the leader before getting the upper hand over the final stages.
“That was a really good effort under that weight ” said trainer Ralph Manning.
It was Captain Marvel’s second race day win from just eight starts and he looks a likely staying type.
 
Finally, what can you say about Black Caviar?
The wonder mare has really captured the public’s imagination with her incredible winning sequence across the Tasman.
Last Saturday she took her record to nineteen wins from nineteen starts, in the process joining Desert Gold and Gloaming for the longest winning sequence.
It looks only a matter of time before she has that long standing record on her own though.
She is a freak, arguably the best sprinting mare of all time.
Go you good thing!
 
I’ll catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George.