Multiple Group One winner Silent Achiever has left for Europe where she will be courted by the stars of the international stallion world.
Owned by Valachi Downs principal Kevin Hickman, the O’Reilly mare embarked on the second stage of her career on Tuesday evening when she was flown to England for her upcoming date with the unbeaten champion galloper Frankel.
“We want to breed her to Southern Hemisphere time so she has been under lights to extend the daylight hours for her,” Valachi manager Jonathan Scully said.
“She’s got a good coat on her and we’re looking at an early September cover. The idea at the moment is for that resulting foal to come home in time and to cover her again up there so she may be away for three years.
“Galileo, Dansili and Sea the Stars are stallions that have all been talked about for her.”
Silent Achiever was prepared throughout her career by Roger James for Group One victories in the New Zealand Derby and the New Zealand Stakes at home and the Ranvet Stakes and The BMW in Sydney.
The winner of 10 of her 36 starts and more than $3.6 million, Silent Achiever was unplaced in the Gr. 1 Doomben Cup in May in her final appearance.
“She didn’t put on too much weight in the meantime, about 30 kilos and given they can lose 20 kilos on the flight over there she will arrive in good condition,” Scully said.
- NZ Racing Desk