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Silent Achiever At Peak For BMW
Trainer Roger James believes Silent Achiever (O'Reilly-Winning Spree, by Zabeel) will have no problems backing up in Saturday's Gr1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill and says the star Kiwi mare is now at peak fitness. Silent Achiever, who won last year's BMW defeating Dundeel and Fiorente, finished 4th behind Contributer in last weekend's Gr1 Ranvet Stakes (2000m) and James says she is now ready for the testing 2400 metres. "I'm really happy with her. I cannot fault her," James told RSNs Shane Anderson yesterday. "To be fair, and I think Kerrin (jockey Kerrin McEvoy) would agree, he let it develop into a bit of a sprint home last start which doesn't suit her. Staying is the name of the game with her. I think when he watched the replay he realised he probably should have let her stride forward a little earlier than he did, and made it more of a staying test. With a different ride she might have been a little closer." James, who has no concerns about the 7-day back-up, said of her condition: "She's bouncing. In fact, on Monday and Tuesday she came off the track with her tail in the air, snorting and leaping through the air, so I have no problems with the back-up. When she's at her peak she lets you know." James also confirmed travel plans to take Silent Achiever to Europe later in the year to compete in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and to be covered by one of Europe's three highest profile stallions. "The owner (Kevin Hickman) is very keen to do so," James said when asked about Europe. "She is going there to be mated and maybe we will include a small European campaign as a swansong. At this stage he (Hickman) is talking about Sea The Stars, Galileo and Frankel." However, James said the trip was far from a fait accompli. "Being realistic, she has to stand up on Saturday if I am going to be serious about it. She has an excellent record at a mile-and-a-half, however there is no doubt this will be the toughest BMW field she has met. There will be nowhere to hide on Saturday."