James requests a Railway appeal hearing for He’s Remarkable

The Kiwi connections of He’s Remarkable have given reasons to the WA Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal on why they believe an appeal hearing should be held on the Group 1 $1m Railway Stakes (1600m).

After fortnight of deliberation, the owners went ahead with the procedure that they hope will have He’s Remarkable reinstated as the winner of the Ascot feature held on November 19

The Roger James-trained four-year-old entire past the post first only to have Perth stewards award the race to local galloper Luckygray.

Stewards established jockey Kerrin McEvoy, aboard He’s Remarkable, shifted out at the 600m mark.

It caused a chain reaction which impeded Luckygray by more than the long neck margin at the end of the race.

McEvoy pleaded guilty to careless riding but as there was no direct contact between the two horses.

Many consider the verdict at best controversial, at worse wrong.

The Group 1 result has significant ramifications for both horses who have stud careers beckoning.

For the Luckygray peidgree, it would also be the first Group 1 winner for his sire, the Glenlogan Park based, Bradbury’s Luck.

For the appeal to be successful, new evidence in the case must be presented.

He’s Remarkable is back in New Zealand in the spelling paddock.

James is getting the son of Pentire ready for a tilt at the Sydney autumn carnival.

He is eyeing off the Group 1 $1m Doncaster Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on April 21.

Luckygray has continued racing and is favourite for the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic (1800m) at Ascot tomorrow.

The  RPAT  will now consider the application to appeal.


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