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Williams back on Silent Sedition in Coolmore Legacy Queen Of The Turf Stakes

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Regular rider Craig Williams will be back aboard last start Group 1 winner Silent Sedition in the Group 1 $1m Coolmore Legacy Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on day two of ‘The Championships’ on Saturday.

Craig Williams and Silent Sedition, above, will team up again in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Craig Williams and Silent Sedition, above, will team up again in the Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Katelyn Mallyon rode Silent Sedition to her first Group 1 win when she scored a nose win over Hellbent in the $500,000 Keogh Homes William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 24.

Sam Clipperton was aboard the Andrew Noblet trained mare at her previous start when second to Heavens Above in the Group 1 $600,000 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on March 11 but Williams was in the saddle for her seven starts prior to that.

Noblet reported that Silent Sedition had pulled up well after her surprise win over the sprint distance of the William Reid Stakes and said the consistent mare is ready to run well against the fillies and mares.

“She’s feeling very, very well so hopefully that translates on race day,” Noblet told AAP.

“But she doesn’t know how to run badly.

“We had her in the Doncaster and decided to bypass that and go straight here. That’s what we aimed her at and hopefully we get the job done.”

Noblet didn’t expect Silent Sedition to win the weight for age William Reid Stakes against some seasoned sprinters after finishing a close second in the Coolmore Classic over the more suitable distance of 1500m.

“I thought she would run really well in the William Reid but to win it was a huge bonus,” Noblet said.

“I put her in there mainly because it was going to be a month between runs on a rain-affected track and she was feeling that well.

“I thought she could run in the first three and to go there and win it was just massive.

“After the frustrations of the start before when I thought she should have won the Coolmore Classic, to come out and do that was just really pleasing.”

The prospect of another rain affected track at Randwick on Saturday will give Noblet some concerns as Silent Sedition has had limited experience on wet ground with one second from one run on a soft track and no runs on a heavy.

Silent Sedition has drawn barrier seven in the eighteen horse Queen Of The Turf Stakes field and is at the top of the Ladbrokes.com.au market order at $4.60 just ahead of the Chris Waller trained Foxplay at $6.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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