New South Wales or Te Rapa?

Cambridge trainer Roger James left Matamata racecourse today happy on one count and still in a quandary on another.

James didn’t have a raceday starter at the South Waikato meeting and his purpose of being at Matamata was to watch his exciting entire He’s Remarkable do an exhibition gallop between races.

James was pleased with the way He’s Remarkable hit out in the hands of Craig Grylls, the horse working strongly down during the mid-sections of the gallop and covering the last 600 metres comfortably in 37.94.

“I just wanted him to have a good hitout and that’s what Craig gave him,” said James. “He just wasn’t doing enough in his trackwork.”

Though pleased with He’s Remarkable’s work, James is unsure where to kick off the horse’s fresh campaign.

“The plan had been to go over to Australia to Newcastle for the Group Three Newmarket over 1400 metres next Wednesday,” said James. “The worry is the weather forecast isn’t looking good.

“He’s  booked to fly out Friday night and I’m leave it as late as possible to make a decision. If he doesn’t go to Newcastle he can run at Te Rapa on Saturday then go over to Aussie later on.”

He’s Remarkable has been accepted for the United Cleaning Services 1400 at Te Rapa on Saturday and Grylls has been engaged to ride the son of Pentire.

He’s Remarkable hasn’t raced since being relegated from first to second in the Group I Railway Stakes in Perth on November 19. That relegation shocked most people and James will never get over it.

But the relegation hasn’t stopped James from wanting to tackle Australia again with He’s Remarkable.

Whichever way James goes with He’s Remarkable this weekend, the horse will still head to Sydney, just a bit later.

“He’ll run in the George Ryder Stakes then the Doncaster Handicap,” said James. “He’s only got 52kg in the Doncaster and it’s a race which should suit him.”

The Doncaster Handicap is worth $2 million and is run at Randwick on April 21.

He’s Remarkable wasn’t the only focus of Cambridge attention at Matamata today. Successful at the meeting were Runaway Bride and Shantaraam.

Runaway Bride was once again let go by punters despite a last-start win at Te Rapa and she finished strongly in the hands of Reese Jones to win over 2000 metres from Powerplaya, who looked home when clear with 250 metres to run.

Runaway Bride has now won three races for her owner and trainer Sally House, who is getting used to the handsome collects off the daughter of Ustinov.

Shantaraam capped two solid placings with a convincing win in the Tokoroa Cosmopolitan Club Inc 1600 for trainer John Bell and jockey James McDonald.

And for good measure Cambridge struck in the last race with Michael McNab recording another win on the comeback trail. McNab rode a heady race in front on Flying Legend, who is trained at Matamata by Paul Shailer.