Caulfield Cup main target

Cambridge trainer Roger James has his sights set on the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup for his stable star Silent Achiever.

James’ desire to have Silent Achiever at Caulfield in mid-October is the reason he didn’t take his NZ Derby winner to Queensland for a tilt at last weekend’s Gr.1 Doomben Cup.

“I did think about the Doomben Cup, but that would have encroached on the spring plans,” said James. “It was better to get her back here and let her have a good spell. She’s had about a month out and will probably have another two out and that will be a good break. She thrived through the autumn in Aussie and went out looking great.”

Silent Achiever won the Gr.2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley last October and had a fourth placing either side of that outing. After a spell, she resumed with a second at Ellerslie last February before heading to Sydney.

Though success eluded her in four Sydney starts during the autumn, she performed well in each Gr.1 appearance. She was fourth in the Chipping Norton Stakes, fifth in the Ranvet Stakes, then second to Fiveandahalfstar in the BMW and fourth to Reliable Man in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

“She was a race behind going into the Ranvet,” said James. “I couldn’t get a suitable mate to work with, but I did before the BMW and her work going into that was outstanding. She came so close to winning it. It’s a shame she didn’t win, but she showed she’s up to that class.”

Silent Achiever also proved herself at 2400 metres, the same distance over which she won the NZ Derby. “A mile and a half (2400m) is her pet distance and that’s why I’m aiming her at the Caulfield Cup,” said James. “It should suit her.”