Cambridge trainer Roger James has plenty to think about as he plots an assault on the Sydney autumn carnival with brilliant Kiwi mare Silent Achiever (NZ).
Silent Achiever (4m O’Reilly – Winning Spree by Zabeel) has been back in work for a month after her last-start fourth in the Matriarch Stakes at Flemington in November. She has pleased James despite a muscular problem that put her two weeks behind schedule.
“It’s fair to say she’s still a streamlined model and didn’t put on much condition but she is very bright and coming on nicely,” James said. “The BMW has been her main target all along but the setback has made things a little more complicated. Ideally, she will have three runs before the race, however, just what the mix will be has yet to be decided.
“She is about a month away from her first-up run but there isn’t much around in New Zealand so it’s likely she will trial here before heading to Sydney. If for some reason we can’t get her to the BMW, then the Queen Elizabeth Stakes or even the Doomben Cup will become targets.”
Silent Achiever won her maiden at Ellerslie in December 2011 and followed up with victories in the G2 Championship Stakes, G3 Waikato Guineas, G2 Avondale Guineas and G1 NZ Derby. She cross the Tasman to claim the G2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley in October.
James has finished his preparation for this year’s NZ Bloodstock Sale starting on January 28. “I’ve seen most of the yearlings in the catalogue at least once and the standard is very high with the majority being well grown with some superb individuals on offer,” James noted. “With so many international buyers coming these days it is very tough for the Kiwis.
“Being able to syndicate the horses we buy with a mix of existing and new clients is the only way I can compete these days so I’m hopeful I can get at least one or two of the horses I’ve singled out.”