Trainer Andrew Noblet has revealed that stable star Silent Sedition will take a position in the 2017 William Reid Stakes field at Moonee Valley on Friday, rather than a previously-underlined berth in the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m).
Silent Sedition has been a strong and consistent performer for Noblet since making her competitive debut in the spring of 2015 and will line up in the William Reid Stakes field with an impressive record of five wins and nine minors, through fifteen starts.
Noblet revealed that Silent Sedition would progress to a start in the Sunline Stakes after she ran a close second in the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill a fortnight ago, but told Racing Victoria that he’d prefer a shorter trip for the mare third-up, with a view towards the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on Day 2 of The Championships.
“She’s come through the run in the Coolmore perfectly but I didn’t really want to run her in another mile race and wanted to keep the freshness in her legs ahead of her next start,” Noblet said.
“The Queen Of The Turf is her main aim and I want to set her program around winning that race.
“You don’t get many chances to win a race like that, that’s the race we’ve planned to win and I just thought giving her another run at 1600m might flatten her for that.
“It’s pretty hard to (drop back in distance), especially at weight-for-age level but her form’s great and she doesn’t know how to run a bad race.
“If she’s hitting the line really well that’s what I want to see.”
Silent Sedition resumed in 2016 for a smart win in the Vic Statewide Conveyancing Maiden (1200m) before repeating the effort in the Listed Bendigo Stakes (1400m) on March 19th.
Placing second in the Ladbrokes Cash In Handicap (1600m) on April 9th, the War Chant mare returned to winning form in the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) before ending her campaign second behind Abbey Marie in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m).
Resuming in spring for second in the Group 3 Cape Grim Beef Steaks (1200m), Silent Sedition placed third in the Group 3 Hong Kong Jockey Club Stakes (1400m) and returned to the paddock after she won the Group 3 Summoned Stakes (1500m) on November 12th.
Having placed second in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) on February 11th, Silent Sedition comfortably won the Group 3 Mannerism Stakes (1400m) a fortnight later, in what was her only other start prior to the Coolmore Classic.