All Silent gets another chance
All Silent, who has relinquished his crown as Australia’s top sprinter since the emergence of Black Caviar and Hay List, will be given one more chance for a 2010 breakthrough win.
All Silent stands out as the only Group One winner among 21 entries in the Kevin Heffernan Stakes at Sandown on Saturday as trainer Grahame Begg tries to salvage something from the seven-year-old’s lean year.
With Begg ruling out a Perth campaign, the weight-for-age 1300m sprint will be the spring finale for a horse who is trying to recapture some of the form that made him one of Australia’s best sprinter-milers in 2008 and 2009.
In six starts – including four at Group One level – since winning the 2009 Patinack Farm Classic, All Silent hasn’t managed to run a place.
He has raced as far afield as Hong Kong and Dubai without success but has earned one more shot at some form of Melbourne carnival glory after his fourth placing to Black Caviar in the Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington.
“He ran well last week coming off the speed. Obviously it was a high-speed race so I was very pleased with his run,” Begg said.
“He goes alright on the back-up and he has come through Saturday’s race well.
“The fact that it is a weight-for-age race (at Sandown) makes it enticing to run.”
In a career kept to just 25 starts, All Silent has been asked to go back-to-back in seven days three times.
One result was as good as it gets with All Silent winning a support race on Victoria Derby Day in 2008 before claiming the Group One Emirates Stakes.
Begg will also saddle up smart mare Pagan Princess against her own kind in the TBV Summoned Stakes (1500m) in preference to lining up with all-comers in the Eclipse Stakes (1800m).
“She didn’t have a lot of luck at Flemington on (Melbourne) Cup day because she got into a very awkward position and didn’t get a lot of clear running,” Begg said.
“I think she can certainly turn her form around and be highly competitive.”