Remarkable Return to Racing

Highly regarded He’s Remarkable made an auspicious winning return at Ruakaka last Saturday.
The Roger James trained 4 yr old scored with contemptuous ease over 1400m, winning by nearly three lengths.
Although he only had four other rivals to contend with, He’s Remarkable was nonetheless impressive in winning.
“That was what I thought he’d do judging by his trackwork leading into the race” said James afterwards.
Ridden by Vinny Colgan, He’s Remarkable was allowed to trail his rivals until the home turn.
“He was always travelling well and it was only a matter of when I let him go” said Colgan.
Colgan released the brakes just after straightening and the response was immediate.
“He just went whoosh ” said Colgan.
Race favourite Mygoodgrace hit the lead with 350m to run and looked to be travelling well, until He’s Remarkable made his bid.
“My mare is quite capable and I was reasonably confident, but the winner just jogged past us” said Mygoodgrace’s rider Jason Collett.
For James, the win signalled he was on the right track with He’s Remarkable.
“I’ve made it clear that I think potentially this horse is one of the best I’ve ever had” he said.
Last season started promisingly for He’s Remarkable.
His debut win at Taupo ensured him of early favouritism for some of the premier three year old classics.
His best effort was an unlucky second to Jimmy Choux in the 2000 Guineas at Christchurch last November.
“His rider that day, Matt Cameron, had to resort to slapping him with his hand after his whip broke with 400m to go” recalled James.
After that He’s Remarkable didn’t quite attain the lofty expectations of his connections both here and in Sydney.
Judging by his win last Saturday though, that might be about to change this season.   
 
Paul Duncan saddled up an impressive debut winner at Awapuni last Saturday.
Large Risk, a nicely bred  4yr old by Flying Spur looked destined for a bright future when scoring over 1600m.
Ridden by Matt Cameron, Large Risk came with a determined late bid to win by one and three quarter lengths.
He is another well worth following.
 
There is nothing quite like calling your own horse home to win a race.
My commentating mentor Keith Haub  who raced that wonderful galloper McGinty back in the eighties, always said it was the greatest feeling in the world.
Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to experience it myself……and Hauby was right folks…….it IS the greatest feeling!
And it doesn’t matter if it’s a Cup or a lowly mid week maiden, apart from the financial aspect of course.
Last week Ted’ll Do did the business fresh up at Rotorua for myself and the hard case bunch of friends I race him with.
Trained for us by Shelley Hale, he has now won three races from 17 odd starts, and given his owners a lot of fun.
Winning is fun…..just ask any winning owner!
 
And winners will be celebrated next Monday night with the Cambridge Jockey Club Awards.
The annual awards will again be held at The Clubhouse Sports Bar, starting at 7pm.
I will let you know who won in next week’s column.
 
 
Catch you next week.
 
Cheers
 
George.