High-profile New Zealand breeder-owner Kevin Hickman has welcomed valuable additions to his bloodstock portfolio on both sides of the world.
His former top-class galloper Silent Achiever produced a filly by the outstanding Frankel at Brook Stud in England overnight while a colt by the unbeaten champion’s associate sire Dansili was foaled at Hickman’s Matamata property, Valachi Downs.
It was Silent Achiever’s first foal and she will make a return visit to the multiple Group One winner Frankel, who stands at Juddmonte Farms’ Newmarket base at Banstead Manor Stud.
A son of Galileo, Frankel has made a stunning start to his stallion career with nine winners from 14 runners to date, including Gr.3 Princess Margaret Stakes winner Fair Eva and the black type performers Cunco, Queen Kindly and Frankuus
“Silent Achiever will be going back to Frankel and at this stage the foal will stay up there until she is weaned and then come home,” said Jonathan Scully, who manages Valachi Downs.
“She was bred to Southern Hemisphere time and Kevin was over the moon to get a filly.”
Silent Achiever was trained throughout her career by Roger James and the daughter of O’Reilly and the Zabeel mare Winning Spree won 10 races, including the Gr.1 New Zealand Derby and the Gr.1 New Zealand Stakes and in Australia the Gr.1 Ranvet Stakes and the Gr.1 BMW.
Hickman’s Dansili colt is out of Raskova, an American-bred stakes placed daughter of Henrythenavigator.
“She’s related to Street Cry and to Shamardal and she’ll be going to So You Think next,” Scully said.
- NZ Racing Desk