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Europe Unlikely For Silent Achiever
Trainer Roger James has expressed doubts about a planned European campaign for Silent Achiever (O'Reilly-Winning Spree, by Zabeel) following her sixth placing behind world-class duo Hartnell and To the World in last Saturday's Gr1 The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill, reports NZ Racing Desk. "I think she is absolutely as good as she was last year and is at the top of her game, but they were just too good for her," James said. "I'd say it's most unlikely that we will press ahead, though I still have to discuss it with Kevin. It's a huge undertaking and she's going to be running into types like the first two on Saturday." Silent Achiever's rider Kerrin McEvoy agreed with James' assessment. "It's a different level again this year, I felt she ran up to her best," he said. James and owner Kevin Hickman had discussed taking Silent Achiever to Europe later in the year for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe and a mating with one of three of the world's highest profile sires, namely Frankel, Sea The Stars or Galileo.