Silent Achiever Ready To Make Noise

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At her third run this preparation, classy Kiwi mare Silent Achiever  is hoping to find her best form in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. The four-time Group 1 winner will carry 57kg in the $500,000 set-weights and penalties event over 2000m.

After winning four of her five starts last campaign, the six-year-old mare has taken a little longer to reach peak fitness. Following a 19-week spell, Silent Achiever resumed with a fourth (3.4 lengths behind Dissident) in the Memsie Stakes over 1400m and followed that with a fifth placing (two lengths behind Foreteller) in the Underwood Stakes over 1800m.

Both performances suggested she will relish the step up to 2000m and the open stretches of Flemington. This is ‘D-Day’ for Silent Achiever and will determine if she heads to the Cox Plate or the Caulfield Cup. Overall the Roger James trained mare has won 10 of her 28 outings and placed on five other occasions. She’s banked more than $2.8m in prize money for her owners.

The final field of 16 is chocked with class including last year’s winner Happy Trails , the ever consistent Hawkspur , Darren Weir’s injury-plagued Puissance de Lune , lightly-weighted Lucia Valentia  and Melbourne Cup favourite The Offer .

As always, the Turnbull Stakes will have a major bearing on the rest of the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival.

Other major races on the nine event card are the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old fillies, the Gilgai Stakes (1200m) for open class sprinters and the Blazer Stakes (1400m) for mares.

Chris Bombolas - Tatts Senior Writer

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