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In-form Kiwi sensation Jimmy Choux has confirmed their top spot in the Cox Plate 2011 odds after securing their second Group 1 win on the trot back home in New Zealand over the weekend.
Thorn Park four-year-old Jimmy Choux backed up from their classy Windsor Park Plate success over the Hastings mile to beat home a classy field in the Group 1 Spring Classic (2040m) at the same track on Saturday.
John Bary’s star stallion-in-the-making has now won 12 of their 21 career starts, including one of their two Australian starts having taken out the Rosehill Guineas back in March, for over AUS$1.5 million in prize money.
It was a brave effort in the Spring Classic from Jimmy Choux who showed he would likely handle the notoriously tight circuit at Moonee Valley after finding himself caught back against the rails before storming home to defeat Hold It Harvey by nearly two lengths.
With their NZ win Jimmy Choux retained favouritism in the Luxbet futures markets to win Moonee Valley Racecourse’s showcase race, the prestigious $3 million Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m) on October 22.
“Everything we are doing with Jimmy Choux we are doing with the sole focus of getting the horse read for the Cox Plate,” Bary said.
“We’ve run the distance now so three weeks before the start of the Cox Plate we’re happy with that.
“All we’ve got to do now is get the horse there in one piece and see how we go.”
As a New Zealand galloper things look in Jimmy Choux’s favour.
The past four Cox Plate winners were all New Zealand-bred with El Segundo (2007), Maldivian (2008) and the mighty So You Think (2009 & 2010).
Ridden masterfully by Jonathan Riddell in the come-from-behind New Zealand Bloodstock Insurance Spring Classic win, Jimmy Choux will again have his regular hoop Riddell aboard in the Cox Plate.
Jimmy Choux is the clear $5 Cox Plate betting favourite at Luxbet, followed by Peter Snowden’s crack three-year-old colt Helmet.
A dual Group 1 champion during their two-year-old year last season, Helmet will get the chance to further stake their Cox Plate 2011 claims when they start favourite in this Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
The other big Cox Plate betting market mover is Secret Admirer who was better than $41 in the Cox Plate markets before firming into an $18 chance at Luxbet after winning the Epsom Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.
Now a two-time Group 1 winning mare, Dubai four-year-old Secret Admirer has only ever won up to a mile but her trainer Grahame Begg is confident the 2040 metres of the Cox Plate is not out of her reach and will keenly be paying up for her at Cox Plate third declaration stage tomorrow.
“I think she would lap up the 2000 metres, the Dubawis tend to like running over a mile and a quarter, in Europe they are getting over a mile and a half (2400 metres),” Begg said.
“Moonee Valley always tends to have a bit of give in it too so that is one thing in the favour of us going that way.
“She is pretty untapped, we treat her very delicately and haven’t got to the bottom of her yet.”
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