All Silent cause for loud celebration
All Silent’s win in the final Group One race of the spring carnival turned things full circle for his trainer Grahame Begg.
The gelding’s victory in the Emirates Stakes (1600m) broke a nine year Group One drought for Begg who won the same race in 1999 with grand mare Bonanova.
In the intervening time, the closest the trainer came was with former New Zealand mare Our Egyptian Raine who racked up a frustrating run of seconds at the highest level.
She was raced by the Written Bloodstock Syndicate which owned around 180 horses including broodmares and yearlings as well as its racing stock most of which were with Begg and Victorian trainer Robert Smerdon.
The syndicate, run by disgraced punter Mark Peters and Larry King, former principal of Beechwood Homes which went into receivership earlier this year, collapsed three years ago after which Begg virtually started again from scratch.
In July last year, things were looking up when All Silent won his first start at Randwick then backed up on August 18 for another win at Rosehill.
But just a few days later, the outbreak of equine influenza halted Sydney racing and it would be another seven months before All Silent raced again.
His next win came in April in the Ajax Stakes before he struggled in a wet Doncaster Handicap.
It was then Begg decided to set him for the Emirates and he forced his way in with victory on Derby day before his commanding win in yesterday’s Group One at his 11th start.
The future looks bright for All Silent and also for Begg who took just two horses to Melbourne for a perfect strike race with Palacio De Cristal winning over 1700m on Thursday.
Begg said All Silent would more than likely be sent for a rest with the major autumn races and next year’s Cox Plate in mind.
"A few jockeys have said he’ll run 2000 metres and that was only his eleventh start so he’s still got it all ahead of him," Begg said.
"We’ve been careful planning his races. He’s been taken along very quietly."
All Silent was originally slated to race in Hong Kong but after a couple of preparations and barrier trials he failed to measure up.
Begg’s father Neville bought him and he returned to Australia where conditions seem to suit.
"He didn’t handle Hong Kong, some horses don’t," Begg said.
"It’s a high pressure environment and he just didn’t settle in there."
All Silent is a half brother to multiple Group One winning mare Private Steer and has won five races from 1300m to 1600m.
By Caryl Williamson