Trainer David Vandyke has been thrilled with the form and class displayed by talented mare Arabian Gold in recent weeks but is wary of the talented field confirmed for Saturday’s Group 2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m) on the Gold Coast; namely Silent Achiever.
Arabian Gold is a proven performer over the distance and at the Queensland way of going; having taken out the Group 2 The Roses (2000m) before running a close second in the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) during the 2014 Brisbane Winter Carnival.
The Dubawi mare has found typically competitive form this time in as well; entering the Hollindale Stakes off the back of a mid-pack finish in the Group 3 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) and sixth place finishes in each of the Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) and featured Group 1 Doncaster Mile.
Having drawn the ideal barrier 6 and confirmed to be partnered by champion jockey Damien Oliver, Vandyke told the Gold Coast Bulletin he believes Silent Achiever deserves to figure as the one to beat in the 2015 Hollindale Stakes but his confident his entrant will respond favourably to the race’s conditions.
“No risk in my mind at all that Silent Achiever is the one to beat and what a mare she has been,” Vandyke said.
“It’s an advantage that we have drawn barrier six and Silent Achiever (is in 13) but her run in the BMW wasn’t too bad and sho only got beat just over two lengths.
“I was very confident going into the Coolmore and I was also very optimistic about the Doncaster.
“She didn’t have much luck in either of those events and she has now had three starts this prep and run out of the top five on all three occasions, so I’m not getting too excited about Saturday.
“She loves it up here in Queensland and Damien has had two rides for me, both in stakes races, and he has won them both.
“They’re a group of top horses and if a number of them won it would be no surprise to anyone.”
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