Silent Achiever has won the Group 2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley Racecourse last Saturday October 27, 2012.
The O’Reilly mare won the race by almost a length ahead of Rangirangdoo, who finished second, and Solzhenitsyn, who was unlucky in third.
Silent Achiever has now won six of her 11 race starts and has earned more than $800,000 in prize money during her horse racing career.
The four-year-old was paying odds of $6 to win the 2012 Crystal Mile at bookmaker.com.au, while Rangirangdoo was the race favourite at $3.10.
Trainer Roger James was thrilled with the latest race win from Silent Achiever in the 2012 Crystal Mile.
“It was a little bit of a surprise really,” James said.
“I thought she had a few boxes ticked against her today – first time around the Valley, first time at weight-for-age and to be fair the mile is far short of her distance.
“But she’s a class act, always has been, and maybe maturity has topped her right off.”
James had been hoping that the race would possess a fast tempo from the outset, which he attributes to her winning performance.
“We hoped that it would be, because staying is her forte and we hoped it would make it into a staying test – and the best stayer won, really,” he said.
Silent Achiever will now go to the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on November 10, 2012.
“I think she’ll go to the Matriarch Stakes – 2000 metres will suit her much better.”
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2012 Crystal Mile Race Results
|1||7||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||James McDonald||–||2||56.5kg||$6|
|2||1||RANGIRANGDOO (NZ)||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||0.75L||3||59kg||$3.10F|
|3||2||SOLZHENITSYN (NZ)||Robert Heathcote||Corey Brown||1.05L||1||59kg||$5.50|
|4||5||TOKUGAWA||Leon Corstens||Steven King||2.3L||5||59kg||$21|
|5||6||AMBIDEXTER||Peter Snowden||Kerrin McEvoy||2.5L||7||58.5kg||$3.40|
|6||3||SPACECRAFT||David Hayes||Chad Schofield (a)||6L||6||59kg||$61|
|7||4||ILLO (GER)||Bart Cummings||Michael Rodd||7.25L||4||59kg||$31|