More dough for Cambridge duo

Cambridge added its twist to the Group II Coupland’s Bakeries Mile at Riccarton next month with top dress rehearsals from two of the locals at last Saturday’s Hawke’s Bay meeting.

He’s Remarkable, from the Roger James stable, followed up his impressive fresh-up win at Ruakaka with another stunning performance in the Hastings, Heart Of Hawke’s Bay Metric Mile, while two races later the Murray Baker-trained Twilight Savings scored a strong win in the Group III Traderacks Stakes (1400m). Both horses hold nominations for the $230,000 middle day feature at Riccarton and now rate as leading fancies.

James has publicly declared his high opinion of He’s Remarkable and after last Saturday’s win he told media of his desire to run the four-year-old stallion in the Group I $A1 million Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 5, the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“He’s a stallion with a pedigree and I’ve got to think towards enhancing his value,” said James. “If he could win the Emirates that would do it. But the big problem is getting into the race. I just doubt that he’s done enough yet to guarantee a start in it. He’s probably a win away from getting in.

“The Emirates is my preferred option for him, but it’s more likely that he’ll go straight into the Coupland’s Mile instead.  He’s come through last Saturday’s race very well.”

Baker isn’t in the same quandary with Twilight Savings, who has now recorded two wins and a third in her three runs back from a spell. She was well-rated by Lisa Allpress last weekend and left no excuses for her rivals.

Twilight Savings has won six of 14 starts and at last year’s NZ Cup meeting she finished third to Jimmy Choux and He’s Remarkable in the Group I NZ 2000 Guineas, then a controversial second (on promotion) behind King’s Rose in the Group I 1000 Guineas. “She’ll probably have another race before she goes down for the Coupland’s Mile,” said Baker.

Baker was also successful at the Hastings meeting with Lady Kipling, who was also ridden  by Allpress.  “I’d like to have a crack at the Thompson Handicap with her,” said Baker. “She goes a bit in the wet and it can be wet around that time.”  The Group III $70,000 Rich Hill Stud Thompson
Handicap (1600m) is at Trentham over Labour weekend.

Lady Kipling has won both her starts this campaign to take her winning tally to four. “Last year she got back and had a lot of traffic problems,” said Baker. “This time she’s racing a bit handier.”

While He’s Remarkable put the biggest smile on James’ face last weekend, he was also pleased with the performance of his filly Prestigious Miss in the Group II DHL Group Hawke’s Bay Guineas. Prestigious Miss ran on strongly to finish second to Antonio Lombardo.

“She’s run third to the best filly, Anabandana, and now run second to the best colt,” said James. “I’m really tempted to go straight to Riccarton (for the 1000 Guineas) with her. I know it’s six weeks without a run, but she’s had two trips away now. I’ll just work it out.”