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Silent Achiever Touches Down In Melbourne
Trans Tasman raider Silent Achiever (O'Reilly-Winning Spree, by Zabeel) has arrived in Melbourne ahead of her scheduled reappearance in tomorrow's Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, reports racingandsports.com.au. The star Kiwi mare's 11-hour flight from Auckland was longer than anticipated, but she has settled in well at her Flemington base according to trainer Roger James. "She has travelled well and has settled into familiar surroundings," James said. "She is very relaxed and had a trot and canter this morning [Thursday]. She had a long day yesterday, I've been bringing horses over for 25 years now, probably about 120 but she had one of the longest trips ever. It was nobody's fault, airport regulations have changed over the years. She ended up at Auckland airport nearly four hours before she flew." James says he will be happy if Silent Achiever pulls up well from Saturday's race, with her major target, the Melbourne Cup, still more than two months away. "Our main target is way down the track," James added. "I'll be pleased to see her finishing off nicely at the line and [pulling] up well."