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Silent Achiever Covered By Frankel
Outstanding New Zealand racemare Silent Achiever (O'Reilly-Winning Spree, by Zabeel) has been covered by the world's highest-ever rated racehorse, Frankel at Banstead Manor Stud in Newmarket, reports theinformant.co.nz. Jonathan Scully, stud manager at Silent Achiever's New Zealand home Valachi Downs, confirmed yesterday that the 4-time Gr1-winning daughter of O'Reilly was mated with Frankel last Thursday. "The covering went well I believe, so now it's a matter of waiting for the scan result in another 10 days or so," Scully said. Silent Achiever, who retired to the breeding barn in May, was flown to England in late June and quickly settled into life at the Woods family's Brook Stud near Newmarket. Owner-breeder Kevin Hickman plans on leaving Silent Achiever in the UK for the next three years where she will continue to be courted by the stars of the international stallion world, including Frankel's sire Galileo, Dansili and Sea The Stars, with the resulting progeny to return to Valachi Downs. Trained by Roger James, Silent Achiever will be remembered as one of the best Kiwi mares of the modern era winning 10 of her 36 starts for over $3.1 million prize money, highlighted by four Gr1 victories in the New Zealand Derby, New Zealand Stakes, Ranvet Stakes and The BMW.