Darley’s No. 1 rider Kerrin McEvoy is gearing up for a supercharged Ascot Super Saturday in WA this weekend, the in-form hoop set to ride two top chances in the two elite level showdowns at the Perth Summer Racing Carnival meeting.
The day’s marquee event is the $1 million Group 1 Railway Stakes (1600m), running as Ascot Race 8 on Saturday at 3:45pm (local time), in which McEvoy will partner up with Roger James’ sensational Kiwi galloper He’s Remarkable.
Drawn on the rails in barrier one in the capacity Railway Stakes field, Pentire four-year-old He’s Remarkable comes off an eye-catching campaign in Melbourne that included an Emirates Stakes Day victory over the Flemington mile.
Rated a $7 chance in the Railway Stakes odds at Luxbet trailing only the $3.60 favourite Ranger and emerging star Luckygray who has been backed in from $6 to $5 in the past 24 hours, He’s Remarkable has what McEvoy described as the right “profile” to become the 2011 Railway Stakes winner.
“He has performed on quick tracks and the trainer said he likes it firm so he’s got a good profile going into it on Saturday,” McEvoy said.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if he runs really well and comes back even better again in six months time.”
One thing firmly in He’s Remarkable’s favour on Saturday is the dramatic drop back from 59kg they carried to victory last start, McEvoy aboard for the first time on November 5 filling in for the suspended Corey Brown, to just 53kg for the Railway.
“I don’t mind the horse and he drops down to 53kg on Saturday,” McEvoy said.
“That was a pretty fair win at Flemington with 59kg on his back.
“The race probably wasn’t run to suit.
“It wasn’t run for him to win and he quickened nicely with the big weight.
“It was a good effort.”
McEvoy’s other major mount on Railway Stakes Day is then in Race 9 – the $500,000 Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) where he will jump aboard the Peter Snowden-trained Rarefied from barrier seven.
An improving son of Commands, five-year-old Rarefied had their career put on hold early last year due to injury and only resumed racing after a one and a half year stint on the sidelines in October.
Showing they had lost little of their shine, Rarefied ran a brave first-up second to Title in the Listed Lightning Handicap (1100m) at Randwick before narrowly finishing runner-up to Sister Madly in the Group 2 Salinger Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 29.
“He’s…come back from injury, a good natured horse who was beaten by the bob of a head last start,” McEvoy said.
“(Sister Madly) was a tough horse to get past, and we only just got beat.”
Rarefied is currently the $6.50 second favourite in the Winterbottom Stakes betting markets at Luxbet that are led by firm $2.20 top elect, Ortensia.
Under the weight-for-age conditions of the Winterbottom Rarefied will carry 58.5kg while the now Paul Messara-trained Ortensia, who won the race two years ago when under the preparation of Tony Noonan, has 56.5kg.
“Rarefied goes to weight-for-age and will have to give weight to Ortensia,” McEvoy said.
“But he’s drawn a nice marble and travelled over there (to Perth) nicely.”
Along with He’s Remarkable and Rarefied McEvoy has four other Ascot Super Saturday rides including aboard the Julie Clements-trained Independent Mak who is the $201 roughie at Luxbet for the $350,000 Group 2 WA Guineas (1600m).
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