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Silent Achiever Sparkling Ahead Of Memsie
Trainer Roger James says that outstanding Kiwi mare Silent Achiever (O'Reilly-Winning Spree, by Zabeel) is in excellent shape ahead of Saturday's Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. The 4-time Gr1 winner had her final gallop at home in New Zealand yesterday morning and is scheduled to depart for Melbourne today. "She worked this morning [Tuesday] and I thought it was without doubt the best work of her preparation. I thought her work had that sparkle to it," James told RSNs Racing Ahead. "Not only did she work well this morning but she pulled up very well after it. It's a lovely position to be in before she jumps on a plane." James confirmed the Melbourne Cup as Silent Achiever's primary spring target, but says he is still not sure about her exact program. "The main aim for her is the Melbourne Cup. We've set our sights to peak on that day. It's just a matter of which route we take to get there so she's in the best order," he said. "When the weights come out for the race that will determine, to a degree, which way I go - whether I go via the Caulfield Cup or the Cox Plate." He added, "The Caulfield Cup is tempting because I think at this stage of her career a mile-and-a-half is probably her best trip. But if she gets a little bit of weight I might go the Cox Plate way and not risk the re-handicap for the Melbourne Cup." James is not expecting any heroics from Silent Achiever when she resumes on the weekend, saying he will be satisfied if she can have a trouble-free run. "If she goes a nice race and pulls up well I'll be happy heading into the rest of the spring."