Achiever reaps reward

It's A Dundeel and Fiorente were disappointing according to their jockeys in Saturday's Ranvet Stakes, as Silent Achiever finally got her Australian group 1 at Rosehill.

Silent Achiever has been a regular visitor from New Zealand but this time, wearing blinkers, she ran down the Queen's horse, Carlton House, in the final stride. It's A Dundeel was third, 1¾ lengths away.

"It was supposed to be a race to decide the best horse in Australia," the winner's trainer Roger James said. "I don't know where that leaves Silent Achiever.

"It was a masterful ride from Nash Rawiller. She has been able to race more handy with those blinkers on and he just made the right moves at the right time.

"At the top of the straight I looked at Carlton House in front of us and thought we are a chance because I know how well she finishes."

Kerrin McEvoy was deflated after being run down on Carlton House. He had opened up a big gap coming down the side before coming back to the field on the turn, but found a kick.

"I have ridden a couple of winners for Her Majesty but never in anything like a group 1," McEvoy said. "It is just disappointing.

"We were going along at nice sectionals and that is his real form. It is just a pity he couldn't hold on."

Rawiller was surprised by the fight Carlton House gave him.

"I thought I had the race in my keeping a long way from home but Carlton House found an extra length at the 100 and put us back under pressure, but my mare never gave up. She was so gutsy," he said.

Fiorente could manage seventh and Damien Oliver said: "I think he is looking for further now."

Trainer Gai Waterhouse was delighted with Carlton House and not that concerned by Fiorente's run. "It has taken me 12 months to get Carlton House right and that is his form. It is disappointing that he was beaten but he is on target for the Queen Elizabeth [Stakes].

"Fiorente is just looking for further now. He is a 2400 metre-plus horse," she added.

It's A Dundeel's rider James McDonald said: "A little bit disappointing but hopefully he'll improve from that."

*Jim Cassidy was described as a "freak" by rival jockey Glen Boss after the veteran snatched the Coolmore Classic on Steps In Time.

In a typical front-running ride, Cassidy established a four-length break approaching the home turn before holding on to beat Sweet Idea by a short half-head, which also earned praise from Gai Waterhouse, trainer of the runner-up. "That was 20 years' of experience that won that race," she said.

"He's just a freak," Boss said of Cassidy, who was not sure what all the fuss was about after riding his 102nd group 1 winner.

"I told [trainer] Joe Pride that if I get cheap sections during the first 800, I said at the 650 if I can run 33.5 seconds then they can't beat me," he said.

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