Slent Achiever's Melbourne Campaign Over

The Melbourne Spring Carnival is over for unlucky Cambridge mare Silent Achiever despite initial hopes of having one last-ditch attempt at Flemington on Saturday.

Trainer Roger James has pulled the pin on Silent Achiever’s planned start on the last day of the Melbourne Cup carnival and she will be heading home tonight to enjoy a spell.

Silent Achiever was ruled out of yesterday’s Melbourne Cup late last week after failing to to respond in time to treatment for secondary infections to leg injuries suffered in the Caulfield Cup.

A case of low-grade cellulitise had affected all of Silent Achiever’s legs and more serious treatment was needed to help her get over the setback.

James did hope he could have her back on track to compete at Flemington tomorrow, either in the the Gr. 3 $A300,000 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) or the Gr. 2 $A300,000 Momentum Energy Stakes (2000m), but he was forced to can that idea after blood tests were taken last Monday.

“She looks bright and well, but her blood was off, showing she is not completely over it,” said James. “Her welfare comes first so there was no way she was going to run on Saturday.

“When she gets home, she’ll go out to the farm and spell for three or four weeks then we’ll look to an autumn campaign in Sydney with her.”

Silent Achiever had no luck in her four Melbourne starts. She never saw daylight first-up in the Gr. 1 Memsie Stakes then finished sixth in both the Gr. 1 Underwood Stakes and Gr. 1 Turnbull Stakes before being galloped on when eighth in the Gr. 1 Caulfield Cup.

James was shattered when having to withdrawn Silent Achiever from the Melbourne Cup.

“On the Thursday night I was on top of the world thinking she would get there, but on Friday I was at the depths of beyond,” he said. “It was gut-wrenching.”

James’ hopes in the Momentum Energy Stakes now rest with Zonza, who will be ridden by Melbourne Cup hero Damien Oliver.

- Cambridge JC

Posted: Wed 06 Nov 2013

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