Star mare works strongly

Crack Cambridge mare Silent Achiever worked in fine style at Flemington on Tuesday morning ahead of the Gr.1 Underwood Stakes.   In her final fast hit-out before Saturday’s feature at Caulfield, the Roger James-trained six-year-old strode out keenly.

“She worked out in the middle of the course proper on beautiful ground with Let’s Make Adeal, who she had worked with in Sydney (in the autumn) and it was a nice, solid gallop,” he said. “They went over 1200 metres and came home the last 600 in about 36. It was exactly what I was looking for and she pulled up nicely, I was quite happy and this run will bring her on again.”

Silent Achiever will be ridden by Damien Oliver and will then progress toward the Gr.1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on October 4. “After that I will be firming up plans for the rest of the spring,” James said.

He will then decide between the Gr.1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley or the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup on October 18 as a lead in to the Gr.1 Melbourne Cup on November 4.

James will also have a Group One representative at home this Saturday after Zonza scraped into the Windsor Park Plate field at Hastings. The withdrawals of Recite, who will run in the open sprint and Survived, who is laid low with a muscle complaint, have allowed Zonza into the line-up.

Zonza hasn’t been out since she was out of the money, unplaced, in the Gr.2 Travis Stakes at Te Rapa in the autumn, but she is a recent trial winner on her home course and has sound first-up form.