He’s Remarkable shows the Aussies

Cambridge galloper He’s Remarkable was robbed of Group One success in Australia last November, but he is on target to make his mark at the highest level this autumn.

That was the message after watching Roger James’ impressive performer race away with the Group III Newmarket Handicap at Newcastle yesterday. In the hands of Corey Brown, the son of Pentire settled midfield and charged to a three-quarter length win over Dao Dao.

It was He’s Remarkable’s first raceday outing since he was controversially relegated from first to second behind Luckygray in the Group I Railway Stakes at Ascot in Perth and it was a great dress rehearsal for his next two Australian starts, the George Ryder Stakes and Doncaster Handicap, both Group I events..

“We wanted to run him only on a dry track,” James told the Australian media after the win. “He’ll take plenty of benefit from the run and we’ll be third up into the Doncaster.”

James gave He’s Remarkable an exhibition gallop between races at Matamata last week and had the horse nominated for the open sprint at Te Rapa last Saturday in case the New South Wales weather turned the Broadmeadows track wet.

“There is plenty of improvement in him. He’s much better on top of the ground, loves the firm going,” said Brown, who was also aboard He’s Remarkable when third in the Group II Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley last October.

“I had to make my own luck with nothing towing me into the race.”

He’s Remarkable has now won six of his 16 starts and James will be looking for his second Group One winner in a couple of months. James saddled up his freak filly Silent Achiever to win the Group I Telecom NZ Derby at Ellerslie earlier this month.