Silvera can earn a chance at the Villiers

Mark Oberhardt
Silvera (grey) will resume in a Listed race at Doomben ahead of bigger summer targets

Much-travelled Silvera can earn the chance to win a race in a fourth state if he races well in his comeback at Doomben.

Silvera will resume in Saturday's Listed Recognition Stakes (1350m) on the back of some impressive barrier trials and jump-outs with next month's Group Two Villiers in Sydney among his options.

The gelding was originally trained by Tony McEvoy and won races in South Australia and Victoria.

Silvera is owned by Queensland couple Linda and Graham Huddy who also race Sandown Guineas winner Pretty Brazen with McEvoy.

The Huddys have most of their Queensland horses with trainer Tony Gollan and elected to send Silvera to him for a winter carnival tilt.

It proved a profitable move with Silvera winning the Rockhampton Cup and Listed Tatts Mile as well as running second at Doomben before a break.

Gollan decided to dodge the spring carnivals to concentrate on summer carnivals in Brisbane and Sydney.

Silvera showed he was ready to continue his winter form when second in a Doomben trial three weeks ago.

He sat off the pace but finished better than any runner to finish 1-1/2 lengths behind the winner Doctor Zous.

The gelding had a jump-out on Tuesday morning when he again attracted plenty of attention.

"If you think he went well in the barrier trial he went even better in the jump-out," Gollan said.

"He has really pleaded me this time. But for all that the 1350 metres might be a bit short for him and I think he will improve even further after Saturday."

Gollan is looking at the Villiers (1600m) at Randwick on December 14 or the Brisbane Handicap at Doomben on December 7 as Silvera's target.

"They both fit in well with his program and the 1600m seems to be his niche distance," he said.

"There are a lot of races to suit him in both Sydney and Brisbane.

"I like the horse and he has really taken to racing in Queensland."

Gollan won the Recognition Stakes with Traveston Girl in 2016 and will have three other runners this year with Coldstone, Snitch and Vega One also in the race.

"They are going well and are headed to longer races," Gollan said.