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Silent Achiever To Be Mated With Frankel
Star New Zealand mare Silent Achiever (O'Reilly-Winning Spree, by Zabeel) has left for Europe where she will be courted by the stars of the international stallion world, reports NZ Racing Desk. Owned by Valachi Downs principal Kevin Hickman, the O'Reilly mare embarked on the second stage of her career on Tuesday evening when she flew out for England to mated with the world's highest-ever rated racehorse, Frankel. "We want to breed her to Southern Hemisphere time so she has been under lights to extend the daylight hours for her," Valachi manager Jonathan Scully said. "She's got a good coat on her and we're looking at an early September cover. The idea at the moment is for that resulting foal to come home in time and to cover her again up there so she may be away for three years." He added: "Galileo, Dansili and Sea the Stars are stallions that have all been talked about for her." Trained by Roger James, Silent Achiever will be remembered as one of the best Kiwi mares of the modern era winning 10 of her 36 starts for over $3.1 million prize money, highlighted by four Gr1 victories in the New Zealand Derby, New Zealand Stakes, Ranvet Stakes and The BMW. "She didn't put on too much weight in the meantime, about 30 kilos and given they can lose 20 kilos on the flight over there she will arrive in good condition," added Scully.