Muswellbrook, Grafton previews: Scott Singleton confident Remlaps Gem is destined for bigger things

Scott Singleton has been waiting four months to get Remlaps Gem back to the races and his confidence is high despite striking a classy field at Muswellbrook on Friday.

The Rubick four-year-old is only having his seventh start in the Lone Pine Charge (1000m) and he’s looking for win four after taking out a Highway last time in.

Singleton says he’s improved during his 16-week spell and won an 850m trial by more than six lengths to get ready for Friday’s race.

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Trainer Scott Singleton is pleased to have talented gelding Remlaps Gem back at the races.Source:News Corp Australia

“I’m excited to see him back. He’s a nice horse,” Singleton said.

“It’s been hard to keep him in one piece but he seems to be flying at the moment so we’re looking forward to this race with him.

“It can be hard to gauge but I definitely think he trialled better and is more forward that when he ran second first-up last time in.

“I’m much happier now than I was at the same time last preparation.”

Singleton will know just how good Remlaps Gem has returned against the likes of last start winner Iamacrumpet and Fanciful Dream who drops back from a Group 3 race.

“I’m sure he’s better than Highway grade and I’m sure he’s the best horse in the race,” Singleton said.

“It’s a handy little sprint race. When I went through it, I saw it contained all the handy enough short course horses that are in the bush.

“He’s had a wind operation so he probably won’t get any further than 1100m but he’s going well enough to give this a shake.”

Holy Empress runs in opener for Singleton and she’s coming off a fourth placing at Scone over 1600m and should enjoy the extra ground.

Christian Reith will partner Remlaps Gem in his race return at Muswellbrook on Friday. Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“She’s been going great all preparation. She’s only put in one dud run two back but she’s done that a couple of times at Newcastle,” Singleton said.

“She got a bit too far out of her ground last start but it was still a good run so on paper you’d have to nearly think she’d win that race.”

Last Chance Dance will have to beat the undefeated Winside in the second race but she’s placed at her past two and likes to put herself into her races.

“She’s been a little unlucky when running into horses likes Ceasefire and she went terrific last start against a horse that just went better,” Singleton said.

“It had to put up a pretty good effort to win. She’s so honest and jumping out of her skin and is ready to go.”

First starter I’m Not Slew has shown plenty of promise as Singleton’s watched her work at home in the lead up to her debut race on Friday over 1000m for the two-year-old fillies.

“We quite like her,” Singleton said.

“She can beat most of them at home on the track so she’s got to take that to the races.

“She’ll definitely win races and we’ve screwed her down at home so she’ll be there somewhere. It’s hard to know with so many first starters in the field.”

EVERSON’S GIRL HAS CUP IN HER SIGHTS

Before September Girl ran last start, her trainer Shane Everson was cautious about her ability to win in Open company.

That won’t be the case ahead of the Bushgrove Cup (1181m) at Grafton on Friday.

The four-year-old won three straight before facing her toughest test last start in a Benchmark 83 Handicap.

She didn’t win but ran a close fourth after drawing barrier 11.

“She was stepping up in grade with a bad barrier and she was pretty brave. I thought she acquitted herself very well,” Everson said.

“I thought she could do it but it was always going to be interesting to see her do it. She’s always had the ability but you never do know until they have a crack and it was a fair jump up.

“It wasn’t just a little jump in grade so I was really happy to see her come through it and it gives me more confidence knowing she can be competitive in those Open races.”

The Shane Everson-trained September Girl will be very competitive in the Bushgrove Cup at Grafton.Source:Supplied

Now she has barrier two and Matthew McGuren sticks and she should get the perfect run this time.

“I was really happy to get that gate. She’s been drawing badly all prep,” Everson said.

Hurricane Max runs in the last race for Everson and he might be over the odds after running second last start at Coffs Harbour on a heavy surface.

“He gets through the wet but he’s much better on the dry track,” Everson said.

“He’s one of those horses that needs luck in running. The inside drawn isn’t that ideal for him because he can over race when stuck inside them.

“As long as he can be off the fence he can run a good race again.”

Everson’s other three runners, Moringa’s Hiemie, Cristal Caz and Moringa’s Amordoro, have all drawn the carpal in earlier races.

“I’ve had no luck with the draws for the other three. Moringa’s Amordoro was disappointing last start because I’ve got such a big opinion of him,” Everson said.

“I’ll allow him to have one bad day and hopefully he can run a better race this time.”

Originally published asMuswellbrook, Grafton previews: Singleton’s Gem is ready to sparkle

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