Roger James has travelled a long way from his base in New Zealand to arrive in Perth but the draw of Group 1 success in the 2011 Railway Stakes is just too strong to ignore.
James is a regular visitor to Australia and he’s already had success in four states throughout his career.
Most recently that’s been in Melbourne where He’s Remarkable has been performing exceptionally well during the spring racing carnival.
He’s Remarkable had two runs in Victoria this prep running third first up in the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley before winning over the same trip at Flemington on Emirates Stakes Day.
On the back of that run James couldn’t refuse a trip across the country to Perth where he’s hoping to claim his maiden win on his maiden visit.
“I’m very happy with him, he’s travelled well, settled well, I haven’t had to do a lot with him,” he said.
“He had one hit out on Tuesday morning, he worked well, he’s settled well.”
The four year old will start from gate one in the race and while he certainly won’t be making the pace James says it’s better than the alternative.
“I would say barrier 18 would be a negative, I can’t say barrier 1 would be a negative,” he said.
“I’m not too concerned about the barrier”
James has been quoted in the past as having compared He’s Remarkable to Jimmy Choux, last season’s New Zealand horse of the year.
While the horse hasn’t quite reached the heights of his compatriot James stands by his assessment.
“The comparison comes from the 200 Guineas last year when only a nose separated them and we came from a long way back,” he said.
“It was an unusual performance because it was on a rain affected track..since then any rain around has taken the gloss off him.”
There won’t be any rain around at Ascot this Saturday with fine weather all week to produce a Good 3 surface.
James says he doesn’t really know where the main threats will come from on Saturday and he’ll probably just leave it up to the market to dictate the dangers.
“It’s hard to line them (local horses) up but they’re probably saying the same with me,” he said.
“Certainly looking at the form of the two favourites you can see why they are favourites, they’ve got strong form and I’ve got no reason to doubt the form of them.”