McEvoy out to prove He’s Remarkable

Cambridge galloper He’s Remarkable has drawn the ace in the $A1 million Group I Carlton Draught Railway Stakes in Perth this weekend.

It will be a case of both horse and trainer Roger James stepping into unknown territory at Ascot on Saturday. It will be the first time James has campaigned a horse in Perth and he is leaving all the race decisions up to rider Kerrin McEvoy.

“Kerrin was keen to come over and ride him and I was rapt that he was able to commit,” James told the www.racingandsports.com.au website. “He’s a professional, he does his homework, he knows the course, he knows more about it than what I do.

“He’s Remarkable gets back in his races. I understand there are three or four locals who will push forward, so hopefully the speed will be on. I’ll be leaving it up to Kerrin on race day.”

If He’s Remarkable can pull off the Railway Stakes it will be excellent consolation for missing a start in the Group I Emirates Stakes on the last day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival. Instead He’s Remarkable contested a lesser event and the manner in which he succeeded caused James to consider the long haul to Perth.

“I was having a few drinks in Melbourne with (top Perth trainer) Danny Morton and he suggested it would be worthwhile,” said James. “The Doncaster Handicap in Sydney is the main aim for He’s Remarkable, but it’s not until late April so he can fit in this trip and still have a month spell then a four-month buildup to the Doncaster.”

He’s Remarkable carried 59kg in his Flemington win on November 5, but under the conditions of the Railway Stakes he will carry only 53kg on Saturday.
James plans to give He’s Remarkable a month’s spell after the Railway Stakes ahead of a Doncaster campaign.

The leading Perth owner and trainer combination of Bob Peters and Grant Williams holds a strong hand with pre post favourite Ranger drawing well in barrier six, Tranquility (18), Lords Ransom (4) and Battle Emblem (11).