Trainer has Flemington Plans after Remarkable win

Roger James has revealed he is considering smart four-year-old stallion He's Remarkable for the A$1 million Emirates Stakes at Flemington on November 5.

The Cambridge trainer said he would love to tackle the Cup week 1600m feature with He's Remarkable after the Pentire four-year-old entire produced a scintillating second-up win at Hastings on Saturday, his second win in as many starts this preparation.

James has described He's Remarkable as the best horse he has trained since Zonda, and while he failed to race up to expectations at the end of his Classic season last term, he has stamped his class with two dominant performances this spring.

He scored easily resuming at Ruakaka, then came from worse than midfield with a breath-taking sprint to win Saturday's $30,000 Hastings, Heart of Hawke's Bay Mile (1600m) for rider Vinnie Colgan.

"He's a pretty special horse,'' James said afterwards.

"I still think he'll stay but his best form is at 1400m and a mile. I'd love to get him into the Emirates Stakes at the bottom of the handicaps.

"You only get one season when they are at this place in the handicaps so you've got to make the most of your opportunities.

"The hardest thing will be making the field but I'd love to give him his chance.''

Saturday's win was He's Remarkable's fourth win from 12 starts and took his earnings past $228,000, the majority of that earned when he was beaten a long neck by Jimmy Choux in last year's $1 million 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.

"It's easy when you've got a horse this good. It's up to me to have him right and he does the rest. I believe he's come back a better horse.''


- Waikato Times

Posted: Tue 04 Oct 2011