Remarkable Form May Count For Nothing

He's Remarkable is ''dead ready'' for Saturday's $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings but Cambridge trainer Roger James doesn't like his chances of winning.

James yesterday described He's Remarkable's trackwork as ''the best of his whole preparation'' but revealed grave concerns about the track conditions.

''I wouldn't want to run him on a heavy track,'' James said.

''I would run with a lot of reservation on a slow track because I'm a little bit forced to so he's ready for the second one [Windsor Park Plate at Hastings on September 22].

''If it got back to a decent track I'd give him a chance but on a slow I'm not so sure. His fresh record is excellent. He hadn't even trialled when he won at Newcastle [Newmarket Handicap] in the autumn, but what might stop him this time is the wet track.

''And even then, if it's a fast track they can tend to roll along in front at Hastings and be hard to peg back and in Mufhasa you've got one of the best frontrunning horses anywhere. His best chance is in the second race [Windsor Park Plate].''

Vinnie Colgan will ride He's Remarkable, having also ridden the Pentire five-year-old entire in an exhibition gallop at Taupo last week.

James had plenty of horses on show at yesterday's Paeroa trials.

Among his open heat triallists were Gr III Adrian Knox Stakes winner Full Of Spirit, Rasteau, The Terminator, La Vienne, and Splitsecond, while he also produced several maidens.

''We're going to be dictated by the weather but they've all had a nice, satisfying hitout today,'' James said.

''Full Of Spirit is the most highly-credentialled of them and looking at the way they've rated us since she won in Sydney and ran fourth in the Australian Oaks [rating of 90], she's going to have go straight into open company.

''She's come up really well. A lot of last spring we were just trying to get her racing correctly. She's always showed ability but she was racing aggressively and then got it wrong.

''She got it right at Awapuni and then won the Adrian Knox, so I threw her in the deep end over a mile and a half [2400m] a week later and she just over-travelled too much to run it out and that could always be her.''

James suggested the Gr II Coupland's Bakeries Mile at Riccarton in November could be Full Of Spirit's mid-term goal before heading to Australia for fillies and mares races later in the season.

He said Splitsecond would go through the grades in the early stages of the season before a possible Australian campaign next year, while La Vienne and The Terminator wouldn't be far from racing as they built up to starts in some of the spring and summer Cups.

-Waikato Times

Posted: Tue 28 Aug 2012