Jimmy Choux targets Stakes

Jimmy Choux.
Jimmy Choux. Getty Images Sport - Simon Watts

AFTER a superb Cox Plate performance, New Zealand's best thoroughbred, Jimmy Choux, returns for another shot at Australian group 1 glory in tomorrow's Emirates Stakes at Flemington.

Beaten by a dream rails-hugging ride by Craig Williams on Pinker Pinker, the Kiwi team had to settle for second in the Cox Plate and the four-year-old returns to handicap conditions in what is shaping as an intriguing contest.

An explosive winner of the Rosehill Guineas in autumn, following a New Zealand Derby victory, Jimmy Choux has 58 kilograms at Flemington and, unlike Black Caviar, isn't scaring off rivals. A full field of 16 awaits.

"I would have loved it to be held under the weight-for-age scale but if he is going to Hong Kong, this is a nice race for him," trainer John Bary said yesterday.

"We've just got to cop it. I still maintain he is a sprinter-miler and we've done everyone a favour."


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