Memsie for Silent Achiever

The Gr 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield has been pencilled in as the spring opener for the glamour Cambridge mare Silent Achiever.

Trainer Roger James has earmarked the 1400 metre sprint as the starting point for his Gr 1 Melbourne Cup hope. “She’s back in work and doing well and at this stage I’m planning to run her first-up in the Memsie Stakes (at Caulfield) on August 30 and I haven’t finalised anything after that,” he said.

“She had a week on our farm and she’s done just over a week back in the stable. We have to be a bit careful with her after she’s spelled as she has a tendency to tie up when she starts work.”

Silent Achiever ruled out of the 2013 Melbourne Cup by injury and returned in the spring to claim a hat-trick of Group One victories in the New Zealand Stakes, the Ranvet Stakes and The BMW before she finished fourth in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in April.

Bred and owned by Kevin Hickman, the O’Reilly mare has led a productive season for James, who is seventh equal on the premiership with 43 winners – his best domestic return since his 2008-09 tally of 46.

“It’s been very good both in New Zealand and Australia, an excellent season all around,” he said.

“I haven’t got as many young horses as I’ve had in the past, but I’ve got a number of good three-year-olds who are going to be really nice four-year-olds.” They include the promising fillies Lady Cumquat and Miss Foxwood and the geldings Delago’s Secret and Full Count.