Cambridge trainer Roger James says he wouldn't be in Melbourne this weekend if he didn't think He's Remarkable could win tomorrow's A$200,000 Crystal Mile and secure a run in next month's A$1 million Emirates Stakes.
Pentire four-year-old entire He's Remarkable flew to Melbourne on Wednesday night, arriving soon after midnight yesterday morning, ahead of his Melbourne debut in the Gr II 1600m handicap.
James also entered He's Remarkable for Sunday's A$150,000 Sale Cup (1600m) but after discussions with Victorian handicapper Greg Carpenter opted to head for the tougher of the two options at Moonee Valley.
''The Sale Cup was a more winnable race but this a Gr II race where he's better placed at the handicaps, rather than at Sale where's it's not a black-type race and he would have carried more weight.
''We're here to, A, get into the Emirates, and B, win it. The handicapper told us if we won the Crystal Mile then that would probably get us into the Emirates but winning the Sale Cup wouldn't add a lot to his ratings.
''He's a four-year-old entire with a nice pedigree and a Gr I win in Australia is what we've got to get for him.''
James has engaged Corey Brown for the Crystal Mile, for which He's Remarkable carries the minimum 52.5kg.
A winner of four of his 12 starts, including both runs as a four-year-old this season, He's Remarkable showed his ability with a fast-finishing second to tomorrow's Cox Plate second favourite Jimmy Choux in last season's Gr I 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton.
He was unable to replicate that form later in the season, though James still believed he was worthy of a trip to Sydney, in which he contested the Gr I Rosehill Guineas (2000m) and AJC Derby (2400m), though he was unplaced in both.
James produced Carson's Cash to win the Crystal Mile in 1993 and run fourth the following year, while Firebolt was the beaten favourite last year for the stable when finishing eighth.
''I've had a few runners in the race but this is probably the strongest field I've met,'' James said.
He rated Luen Yat Forever and Dao Dao, third and fifth in this month's Gr I Toorak Handicap, along with Testa My Patience among the main chances in the race.
All going well He's Remarkable will remain in Melbourne with a view to running in the Gr I Emirates Stakes (1600m) on November 5.