Bel Sprinter back from wind operation
- Distance: 1100m
- Starting Price: 12.00
- Margin – Result: Dead Heat 1st
SILENT Achiever may be one of the forgotten horses heading into Saturday’s Cox Plate, but trainer Roger James is confident the return of Nash Rawiller to the saddle can produce a return to her best form.
The five-year-old mare, who won The BMW and Ranvet Stakes with Rawiller aboard at the Sydney autumn carnival, has been unplaced in her three runs this spring, with a luckless ninth in the Turnbull Stakes behind Lucia Valentina her last outing.
Silent Achiever was listed as $12 chance with TAB, and $13 with Sportingbet, after being allocated barrier 11 on Tuesday.
THE Godolphin royal blue is starting to pop up more in the winner’s circle, and while Sweynesse has the big job in the Cox Plate, four smart hopes will fly the Sheik’s flag at Randwick on Wednesday.
While John O’Shea tries to win the weight-for-age championship with three-year-old colt Sweynesse, he said the stable’s steady flow of winners could hopefully continue in his home city.
Lassitude, Environmental, Entertains and Medcaut will feature at the Kensington meeting, with James McDonald to steer the Godolphin quartet.
After the club committee included three three-year-olds at the expense of consistent seven-year-old galloper Mourinho, who has never raced in Group I company, Waterhouse yesterday provided a solid argument as to why she could win the weight-for-age championship for the first time.
There seems to be no escaping the Japanese influence on this spring carnival, and again at Geelong on Wednesday, the strength of their purchasing power will be on display.
After Admire Rakti’s win in the Caulfield Cup last Saturday and favouritism for the Melbourne Cup, Wednesday’s Geelong Cup has another link to one of the most powerful horse racing and breeding countries in the world.
CHAMPION jockey Hugh Bowman can ride in the Melbourne Cup after having his penalty for improper riding reduced on appeal on Tuesday.
But Bowman had resigned himself to losing the Cox Plate ride on Criterion long before the appeal was heard.
At Moonee Valley’s Breakfast with the Best trackwork session on Tuesday morning, Bowman allowed substitute jockey James McDonald to ride Criterion in a crucial gallop.
THE owners of six miniature horses slaughtered south of Adelaide have condemned the killer, saying his crimes have forever broken their hearts and sparked a “living nightmare” of grief.
Julie and Melvyn Jackson today told the District Court they were not interested in Michael Martin John O’Connell’s apology (below) for killing their beloved animals in December 2013.
In a graphic and emotional victim impact statement, Mrs Jackson said she would never recover from losing the six horses to wanton violence.