He’s Ready To Be Remarkable


Mark down He’s Remarkable as a star for the Cambridge training centre this season.

That was the message handed out loud and clear at Ruakaka yesterday when the highly rated son of Pentire resumed on an impressive note in the Kamo Hotel 1400.

It was a 1400-metre assignment and though the opposition wasn’t first-class, there were some very handy sprinters in the field. But He’s Remarkable made them all look second-rate over the final stages as he charged home down the outside for rider Vinnie Colgan to win by two and three-quarter lengths from the consistent local galloper Mygoodgrace.

There was nobody more thrilled on course at Ruakaka than his Cambridge trainer Roger James (pictured), who has always had the utmost faith in the lightly tried galloper.

“Very happy,” was James’ comment as he received congratulations after He’s Remarkable’s last-to-first home stretch finish. “I was expecting a big run and it’s good to see him do that.”

As expected by James, He’s Remarkable tailed the five-horse field to the home turn. When asked by Colgan the response was such the horse soon became the obvious winner.

It was He’sRemarkable’s third success and came just over 12 months after he won his debut over 1300 metres at Taupo. His other win came in his third start over 1600 metres at Te Rapa two starts later then the immediate target was Riccarton’s Group I 2000 Guineas, in which he flashed home for second to Jimmy Chioux.

He’s Remarkable was then groomed to be a stayer and set for the 2400-metre New Zealand and AJC Derbies.  On route to those missions he ran third to Jimmy Chioux in the Wellington Stakes and an unlucky 10th in the Avondale Guineas.

He battled into ninth behind Jimmy Chioux in the NZ Derby and after a sixth to the same arch rival in the Rosehill Guineas he finished second-last and over 43 lengths from the winner, Shamrocker, in the AJC Derby.

“His work before the AJC Derby was sensational,” said James. “I had never had him better but then he fibrillated in the Derby.  I couldn’t believe it.”

Though being an entire, He’s Remarkable didn’t bulk up during his break from racing and in fact looked ready to run a big race last Saturday, as he certainly did.

James still believes He’s Remarkable will make his mark over ground, but for now he considers the horse an ideal prospect for the Group II $230,000 Coupland’s  Bakeries Mile at Riccaron on November 9.