But this year he is as good as ever and jockey Anthony Delpech appears to have worked him out.
The Australian import looks the one to be with in Race 4, a MR 86 Handicap over 2000m in what seems to have become an all too rare turf race at Greyville on Sunday.
In his latest over this course and distance but on the Polytrack Raaees suffered a three-length defeat to Double Clutch but the four-year-old is 3kg better off and Double Clutch did give the field the slip that day.
Raaees was having his first start on that surface and Delpech will probably not let that mistake happen twice and could be tempted to make all in this as Raaees is at his best is suited to a bit further than this 2000m.
Silver Spring won well last time but has 5.30 lengths to find on Double Clutch from when they met in December last year and is only 2.50 kg better off.
Cage Fighter could prove dangerous as his last run can be ignored as he pulled up sore that day. The Sean Tarry-trained five-year-old has proven himself a fair sort and if the going comes up soft then he is a must include in all bets.