Compensation for He’s Remarkable

Cambridge trainer Roger James (pictured) picked up some compensation with He’s Remarkable at Flemington today.

James took He’s Remarkable to Melbourne in the hope of sneaking into the field for the Group I $A1 million Emirates Stakes (1600m), but when the horse was left on the ballot he had to revert to Plan B. That backup plan was a start in the $A100,000 Visit Victoria Handicap and the result was a stylish win.

“It’s a privilege to have a runner at this carnival and to have a winner is icing on the cake,” James told the media after He’s Remarkable has registered his fifth win from 14 starts.

“I had two options with him. Either stay home and go to Riccarton next Wednesday for a Group Two race worth $230,000 or come over in the hope he’d get into the Emirates. We haven’t done either, but we’ve won at the Carnival.”

He’s Remarkable left New Zealand unbeaten in two starts this campaign and finished third behind Testa My Patience in the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley on October 22.

“Rain on the day was enough to take the edge off him at Moonee Valley,” said James. “He is pretty dependant on a pretty good track and it (rain) cost us dearly.”

He’s Remarkable, a four-year-old son of Pentire, got home by a short head from Eraset and was a pickup ride for Kerrin McEvoy, who landed the mount from the suspended Corey Brown.

McEvoy was impressed with He’s Remarkable and predicts a bright future for the handsome galloper.

“He didn’t begin as well as we wanted and got into an awkward place, but had the turn of foot to get out of trouble,” said McEvoy.