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Silent Achiever To Target Arc

Tuesday, 28th October 2014

Outstanding Kiwi mare Silent Achiever (O'Reilly-Winning Spree, by Zabeel) will be aimed at the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe next year, reports theinformant.co.nz. The Arc is rated by many as the world's greatest thoroughbred contest and is run at weight-for-age over 2400m in Paris on the first Sunday in October. Shortly after finishing third in Saturday's Cox Plate behind Coolmore colt Adelaide, trainer Roger James recommended to the mare's owners that she return home to New Zealand and be spelled ahead of another autumn campaign in Sydney. James believes that should the daughter of O'Reilly perform to her usual high standard in the autumn, then a European campaign could provide the perfect finale to a stellar career. "Right from the time she won the Derby [NZ Derby] as an autumn three-year-old, 2400 metres has been her favourite trip," James told theinformant.co.nz. "Two years ago she would have won the BMW in another stride and when she won it last autumn she beat Dundeel and Fiorente easily." James added, "The start before that she beat the Queen's horse Carlton House at weight-for-age and after seeing her performance on Saturday I'm convinced she's up to the best international weight-for-age company. That was a huge effort and even though she didn't win I rate it probably the best of her career. I dare say that if the Arc was being run next month and Adelaide lined up, he'd damn near be favourite." Females have a strong recent record in the Arc de Triomphe, underlined by the wins of Zarkava (2008), Danedream (2011), Solemia (2012), and Treve (2013-2014) over the past seven years. "The Arc is still a long way off and the mare has to get through the Sydney autumn carnival, but if she performs up to her best and comes out of it in the right shape we'll be making plans to head to Europe," James said.

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Silent Achiever (image: Mark Gatt)
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