Silent Achiever Passes Trackwork Test And Prepares For Gold Coast Race

Silent Achiever passed her trackwork test last Saturday morning and is in Brisbane being prepared for the Group II A$358,000 AD Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast this weekend.

Trainer Roger James wanted to see Silent Achiever hit out well in her gallop before deciding on the two-race Queensland campaign and he gave her the big thumbs up after the workout.

"She worked really well and she travelled over (last Sunday) and has settled in quickly," James told Fairfax NZ from his Brisbane base on Monday. "It was 10 and a half hours from stable to stable and she had a light trot and canter this morning."

The Group I A$650,000 Doomben Cup (2000m) at Doomben on May 9 is Silent Achiever's main mission, but James felt she needs to have a race between times, having not started since finishing sixth in the BMW in Sydney.

"It would be six runs between runs to the Doomben Cup and it would be too tough on her," he said. "She had a week in the paddock after the BMW and a quiet week when back in the stable. She has freshened up nicely."

Kerrin McEvoy was Silent Achiever's regular rider in her recent four-race Sydney campaign and he will again take the mount in Saturday's 1800-metre event.

Though Silent Achiever didn't win in Sydney this year, she acquitted herself well with fourths in the Group I Chipping Norton Stakes and Group I Ranvet Stakes after a fresh-up fifth in the Group II Apollo Stakes.

While James is in Queensland with Silent Achiever, stable foreperson Leanne Bertling will be kept busy, especially on Saturday at the Cambridge Jockey Club's meeting at Te Rapa.

The James stable will have at least seven runners on the day. The Tidy Express is set to run in the feature, the Group II $100,000 Travis Stakes, while stablemates Tavy and Shees Flawless will contest the Group III $70,000 Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders Stakes.

James had already earmarked Shees Flawless for the three-year-old 1200-metre event and after watching Tavy perform at last Tuesday's Waipa trials he quickly confirmed her as a starter in the feature.

Freshened since finishing eighth in the Group II Cambridge Stud Sir Tristram Fillies Classic at Te Rapa on February 7, Tavy contested an open 1000-metre heat and though she won by a mere half-head she did it easily.

Ridden by Vinnie Colgan, she settled fifth three-wide and was camped behind the leading trio approaching the home turn. Colgan angled her to the outside and had her under a hold as she cruised to the line.

"She has been wanting the cut out of the ground and she won it nicely," said James. "She's ready for Te Rapa."

Tavy's only blemish in her form was last start as she has won or been placed in each of her five other starts. Her two wins were both on dead tracks with the highlight being her Listed victory at Ellerslie last November, after which she finished third to Saavoya in the Group II Cambridge Stud Eight Carat Classic on Boxing Day.

Shees Flawless has earned her crack at the Inglis Sales Cambridge Breeders Stakes with impressive wins in her last two starts. She won by four and a quarter lengths at Te Rapa last month and was even more impressive when beating the very promising Perfect Fit by four and three-quarter lengths at Awapuni.

A daughter of the Group I winner Fully Fledged, Shees Flawless was Group III-placed early in the season when third to O'Marilyn in the Hawke's Bay Breeders Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings

James' other entries for Te Rapa will include Miss Foxwood in the Rating 85 1400 metres, Full Count in the Rating 75 2400, Visible in the three-year-old 1600 and Sure Enough, a trials-placed daughter of Fastnet Rock, in the two-year-old event.

- Stuff

Posted: Mon 20 Apr 2015