NZ Horse of the Year Jimmy Choux was among old friends and made many new ones while parading with fellow stallions Any Suggestion, Pentire and Shocking at Rich Hill Stud on Sunday.
Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park) will stand his first season at the Walton farm this year and made his first public appearance since retirement before an audience of more than 120.
Rich Hill managing director John Thompson said the turnout had been typical of the interest New Zealand breeders had showed in Jimmy Choux since his retirement. “He was a five time Group 1 winner and Champion Australasian 3YO who trained on at four to finish second in a Cox Plate. He has let down into a magnificent stallion and represents significant value at a $10,000 service fee.”
Among the crowd were Hawke’s Bay couple Richard and Liz Wood who bred and raced Jimmy Choux (NZ). They have retained an interest in the stallion and have recently expanded their broodmare band to support him.
Jimmy Choux’s trainer John Bary also made the trip from Hastings to catch up with his former stable star. He prepared him to complete the G1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas – Derby double and G1 Rosehill Guineas. The following season he claimed the G1 Windsor Park Plate and G1 Spring Classic and finished runner-up in the G1 Cox Plate.
Mares booked to Jimmy Choux include black-type performers Mill Duckie (Magic Ring), Fasline (Fasliyev), Brown Eyed Grace (Van Nistelrooy), Floramour (More Than Ready), Lamington Vegas (Elusive City), Keffiya (Cape Cross), Beejay Belle (Perfectly Ready) and Upstage (Quest For Fame).
Associate stallion Shocking will serve his second book after getting 130 mares in foal last year from an outstanding first book.