Top Kiwi mare Silent Achiever will give jockey Glen Boss a great opportunity to win his first Group 1 $2.65m BMW Caulfield Cup (2400m) at Caulfield on October 19 after drawing favourably at gate five.
New Zealand trainer Roger James expects Silent Achiever to take up a more prominent position from the good draw after the mare came from well back in the field to be beaten less than two lengths by Happy Trails in the Group 1 $500,000 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 5.
“She should be able to get a cosier run from the barrier and if she is good enough will be there when the post arrives,” James said.
“We’ve been going back because of our wide barriers on a number of occasions and the tempo in shorter distance races is always greater although there will be rush for a possie on Saturday. With that barrier I believe she can take up a little bit handier possie.”
Silent Achiever has shown in the past that the 2400m is her pet distance with a win in the 2012 Group 1 NZ$750,000 Telecom New Zealand Derby (2400m) at Ellerslie and a head second to Fiveandahalfstar in the Group 1 $2.25m The BMW (2400m) at Rosehill in the Autumn.
“She was in good order going into the BMW in the Autumn, I think she is in better order now,” James said.
“Her record is very good at the mile and a half (2400m).”
Leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller had a mixed day at the Caulfield Cup barrier day with two of his four runners coming up with good draws and two drawing closer to the outside fence.
Caulfield Cup favourite Hawkspur didn’t fair well coming up with sixteen in the original draw, but will come in two places if the emergencies don’t get a start while Waller’s other top chance Royal Descent has drawn perfectly at three.
Kelinni is certain to get back from barrier one and will need plenty of luck to gain a run over the concluding stages while Moriarty won’t get any favours from gate eighteen.
The Clarry Conners trained Dear Demi has come up with the extreme outside gate and after drawing twenty-two will jump from eighteen on race day.
Noted on place runner Mr O’Ceirin will have to work a little to cross from twenty while last year’s Caulfield Cup favourite Glencadam Gold will have an easier time of finding the lead on the fence from gate six after drawing off the track last year.
Lloyd Williams only runner Fawkner has drawn reasonably at gate twelve and jockey Nick Hall should be able give to the six year the perfect ride.
David Hayes import Jet Away has drawn mid field at thirteen while English visitor Dandino has the job ahead after drawing nineteen in the original draw.
Hawkspur has held his spot at the head of the Caulfield Cup market order at $4.60 with stablemate Royal Descent now a clear second favourite at $6.50 just in front of the firming Silent Achiever at $7 while English stayer Dandino has drifted slightly to $8.50.