Roger James’ confidence in Silent Achiever has been boosted this week as he prepares the top mare for what could be her farewell performance on Saturday.
Despite not being able to pinpoint a specific reason for the multiple Group One winner’s unplaced effort in the Gr.2 Hollindale Stakes last time out, the Cambridge trainer remains upbeat.
“She disappointed me at the Gold Coast and I’ve been looking for reasons why and can’t find one, apart from the colic,” James said.
Silent Achiever suffered an attack when being floated back to her Brisbane base following her eighth placing behind Leebaz.
However, she has made a swift recovery and James was delighted with her work on Tuesday morning, which confirmed a start in Saturday’s $A650,000 Gr.1 Doomben Cup.
“I couldn’t fault her work and the way she recovered afterwards,” he said. “She went very well over a mile at Doomben and finished off nicely.”
While Silent Achiever’s future beyond Saturday has yet to be confirmed, James expected it to be the O’Reilly mare’s swansong – “I would think so,” he said.
Bred and raced by Kevin Hickman, Silent Achiever has enjoyed an outstanding career with Group One wins in The BMW, the Ranvet Stakes, the New Zealand Stakes and the New Zealand Derby.
She will again be ridden on Saturday by Kerrin McEvoy, who is also booked for her stablemate Shees Flawless who holds nominations for the Listed Mick Dittman Plate and the Listed Juanmo Stakes at Doomben.
“She just been trotting and catering and has settled in well over here,” James said.
Shees Flawless earned her trip to Brisbane off the back of a trio of runaway wins culminating in her last-start victoryromp at Te Rapa in the Gr.3 Cambridge Breeders Stakes
- NZ Racing Desk