The 2013-14 racing season once again demonstrated why Roger James and Kingsclere Stables is one of New Zealand’s most successful training operations.
James achieved a record breaking 46 wins in New Zealand and three wins in Australia, and a total of seven black-type successes for the term. He also celebrated his one-thousandth career success during the season courtesy of The Tidy Express at Ellerslie in March, an achievement that was perfectly punctuated by the outstanding win by Silent Achiever the very next race, the Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes.
In a season packed with many highlights, Silent Achiever was without a doubt the standout performer for Kingsclere with three straight Gr.1 victories. The Kevin Hickman-owned O’Reilly mare lowered the colours of the Queen’s horse Carlton House in the Gr.1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill, and went on to win the BMW, beating It’s A Dundeel, and the Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.
Silent Achiever is a finalist for New Zealand Horse of the Year, Champion Middle Distance performer and Champion Stayer at the 2013-14 New Zealand Racing Awards.
Stablemate Zonza was also successful in flying the Kingsclere Stable flag on Australian turf, with the Zabeel galloper winning the Gr.3 Snow White Classic at Caulfield. The Kingsclere pair successfully banked over $A1.67 million in stakes.
Contributing to Kingclere Stables 46 wins and NZ $NZ842,890 in prizemoney on home turf was Hera with a Gr.2 double achieved in the Eight Carat Classic at Ellerslie and the Sir Tristram Fillies Classic at Te Rapa, and Lady Cumquat in the Gr.3 Manawatu Classic.
With a hugely satisfying season behind them, Kingsclere stables now have sights firmly set on the new season with many spring contenders forward in their respective preparations, including Silent Achiever who will gallop between races at Matamata on Friday before embarking on another Australian campaign.