This afternoon a nine-horse field of weight-for-age gallopers, including five individual Group 1 winners, faced off in the 2014 The BMW at Rosehill Gardens with Silent Achiever getting the job done in a classy victory.
The $1.5 million Group 1 The BMW (2400m) is known as a race that defines horses, and it is no different for this year’s winner, the Roger James-trained Kiwi becoming the first mare since 1977 to win the event.
She didn’t beat home any old ponies either, five-time Group 1 winner It’s A Dundeel ($5) running one and three quarter lengths away second ahead of Gai Waterhouse’s favourite, Melbourne Cup – Australian Cup winner Fiorente ($3.50) a nose further back again.
A narrow second behind favourite Fiveandahalfstar in last year’s The BMW, Silent Achiever’s spring form was only mediocre.
However with the addition of blinkers this time in she’s been unstoppable stringing together three on the trot including the Group 1 NZ Stakes back home.
She then came out to Sydney and scored an upset win in the Ranvet Stakes a fortnight ago, an effort she proved was no fluke as she beat them home again today.
The mare was too strong in the Ranvet and was too strong in The BMW showing her love of the 2400m and performing like the streamline racing machine she is.
It was also a win for punters getting on the market mover, Silent Achiever well backed into $3.80 through Ladbrokes.com.au before jump.
Runner-up It’s A Dundeel ran another honest race, putting aside foot issues that had been plaguing pre-race talk, moving up from last to second.
The High Chaparral four-year-old made up nearly 10 lengths over the last 1000m today in a top effort.
Silent Achiever was the first mare going back to 1977 to win The BMW
Fiorente battled on bravely for third but he really needed things to go his way today, and Silent Achiever was always travelling better than the top two boys.
He also didn’t look the best in the mounting yard getting a bit hot and stroppy, while Silent Achiever caught the eye pre-race with her relaxed manner, and was a bit sluggish right from the jump today before heading over to the fence.
The early frontrunner was Angola, eventually fading to run second last, who took the lead at the straight the first time round setting only a moderate tempo.
They continued to over-race leading by four or five lengths while Silent Achiever was settled beautifully in fifth spot one off the fence, the in-form Nash Rawiller giving her a patient and well-timed ride.
After the Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington-trained Sertorious ($11) hit the front over the final few hundred metres, Silent Achiever started winding them up.
She rocketed down the outside after a beautiful ride, breaking away with 100m to go before storming home for her fourth Group 1 victory displaying a better turn of foot and better pace than her rivals.
It was also Rawiller’s sixth Group 1 of the season and his third on Golden Slipper Day.
“She is [a serious racehorse],” he told Channel 7 after the win.
“She’s been a little underrated…but has never really let the team down.
“She’s come back stronger and ready to get on with the job this prep and I’ve been lucky to get on her at the right time.”
While it would be very tempting to have a crack at the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on April 19, having to come back in distance would probably prove unsuitable for Silent Achiever.
Instead connections are likely to race her at the same meeting in the $1 million Group 1 Sydney Cup (3200m), something her over-the-moon strapper gushed after today’s effort.
“She’s amazing,” she said.
“I think the Sydney Cup will be a good target for her.”
The 2014 Sydney Cup also looks a lovely target for today’s fourth placegetter Sertorius, winner of the Zipping Classic in the spring.
They excel on firm tracks and did well to finish just outside the top three on soft ground where they don’t go as well after working hard on the outside in a race that was a bit too slow for their liking too.
See below for the complete 2014 The BMW results and finishing order so you can see who finished where in today’s weight-for-age classic.
There’s still time to get your bets down for the day’s major, the Golden Sipper at 5:00pm (AEST), online at Ladbrokes.com.au where you’ll get Best Tote or SP + 20% on the juveniles’ showdown!
2014 The BMW Results & Finishing Order
Rosehill Race 6 – 05/04/2014
|1||9||SILENT ACHIEVER (NZ)||Roger James||Nash Rawiller||–||4||57kg||$3.80|
|2||8||IT’S A DUNDEEL (NZ)||Murray Baker||James McDonald||1.8L||7||58.5kg||$5|
|3||1||FIORENTE (IRE)||Gai Waterhouse||Damien Oliver||2L||1||59kg||$3.50F|
|4||5||SERTORIUS||Jamie Edwards & Bruce Elkington||Ryan Maloney||2.8L||6||59kg||$11|
|5||10||VOLEUSE DE COEURS (IRE)||Michael Moroney||Glen Boss||5L||2||57kg||$6.50|
|6||6||BRIGANTIN (USA)||Chris Waller||Blake Shinn||5.1L||5||59kg||$51|
|7||11||LET’S MAKE ADEAL||Nigel Blackiston||Craig Williams||7L||9||56.5kg||$31|
|8||7||ANGOLA||Pat Carey||Rhys McLeod||8.3L||3||59kg||$91|
|9||3||FORETELLER (GB)||Chris Waller||Craig Newitt||13.6L||8||59kg||$17|
|–||4||MOURAYAN (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Glyn Schofield||–||–||–||–|
|–||2||GREEN MOON (IRE)||Robert Hickmott||Hugh Bowman||–||–||–||–|