Silent Achiever Wins BMW

Silent Achiever become the ninth horse in history to win the Ranvet Stakes - The BMW double at Rosehill Gardens, the crowning glory in the New Zealand mares illustrious career.

Defeated by the barest of margins by Fiveandahalfstar last year, Silent Acheiver proved once again too strong for It's A Dundeel and Fiorente in the $1.5 million race.

"She has been close to a big race like this for a long time and now we have finally got there," said an emotional Roger James.

"It was a good ride by Nash Rawiller, it was a great field and she was better than them.

"We will probably read some excuses in tomorrow's paper but she beat them fair and square really."

It was also a special win for Nash Rawiller, who was dumped for Damien Oliver as the rider of Fiorente last year prior to the Melbourne Cup.

Rawiller could sense Fiorente to his inside in the straight but knew his tough mare was ready for the fight.

"It is awesome, the race ended up being nicely ran for us, I was a little concerned going past the winning post she was a bit keen, she got in to her stride and I popped off the fence down past the 1500m and she was just in a comfortable rhythm from there on," he said.

"I spotted Fiorente coming through, what gave me confidence was he was hard under pressure, I felt I made sure I left something in the tank for a fight, she actually responded very well when I asked her."

Roger James is undecided whether Silent Achiever will next target the Sydney Cup (3200m) or Queen Elizabeth Stakes during The Championships.

"We will assess where everyone else is going, see how she comes through the race and then make the right decision hopefully," he said.


Posted: Sat 05 Apr 2014