Emirates Stakes 2011 Field – Jimmy Choux Top Weight & Wide

One of the top fancies to win the 2011 Emirates Stakes on the final Flemington Melbourne Cup Carnival meeting this Saturday, John Bary’s gun Kiwi galloper Jimmy Choux has both the 58kg top weight and now an awkward barrier 13 draw to overcome if they are to add a sixth Group 1 title to their record.

The Thorn Park four-year-old, who has won five Group 1 races back home in New Zealand as well as Australia’s Rosehill Guineas in the autumn, is one of the capacity number of acceptors for the $1 million Group 1 Emirates Stakes (1600m) this year.

Jimmy Choux

Cox Plate runner-up Jimmy Choux shoots for their sixth Group 1 win in the 2011 Emirates Stakes on Saturday

Of the 16 starters and four emergencies engaged in the Emirates Stakes 2011 field, Jimmy Choux will wear the No. 1 saddlecloth.

“He’s rated on 118 points, which is the highest in the field and has won two Group 1 races on his way through so I’m quite happy that we didn’t get more (weight),” Bary said of Jimmy Choux who had a lovely gallop in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Last seen running a very brave second in the Cox Plate to upset winner Pinker Pinker, Bary is hoping the ‘Choux’ can salute in one more thoroughbred major before heading to the paddock back home for a well-earned rest.

Another Kiwi visitor racing in this year’s Emirates is defending champion Wall Street, Jeff Lynds‘ always consistent seven-year-old coming off three straight fourth place finishes at Group 1 level, most recently in the Cox Plate.

Back to the mile they look very competitive, Wall Street to jump from gate two with Hugh Bowman to ride at 56kg.

It is a truly star-studded Emirates Stakes field set to line-up on Saturday which includes four last-start winners with Love Conquers All (Group 3 Betfair Stakes, 1400m, Caulfield, 15/10/2011), Brisbane raider Woorim (Group 3 tab.com.au Stakes, 1400m, Flemington, 29/10/2011), veteran eight-year-old Pinnacles (Sale Cup, 1600m, Sale, 23/10/2011) and the Mick Price-trained Testa My Patience who earned their shot at Emirates Stakes glory with an upset win in the Group 2 Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.

Four mares will also strut their stuff against the boys in the Emirates this year, the top fancy of which is Dubawi four-year-old Secret Admirer.

Grahame Begg’s recent Epsom Handicap winner enjoyed a nice early advantage coming up trumps with gate four as she races for the first time since her fast finishing fifth in the Cox Plate.

Two of the other females in the field are Peter Moody’s former New Zealander King’s Rose, a winner of two of her four starts in Australia, and triple Group 1 champion Yosei who has had a few recent injury setbacks.

Other notable 2011 Emirates Stakes acceptors include the Chris Waller-trained trio of Danleigh, Albert The Fat and Red Tracer, the fourth mare in the field who ran third in the Epsom last-start.

Below is the full Emirates Stakes final field, barrier draw, jockeys, weights and emergencies for Saturday’s showdown.

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2011 Emirates Stakes Final Field & Barriers

Flemington Race 6 – 05/11/2011

# Form (Last 10) Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Wgt. Hcp. Rating
1 11116X2112 JIMMY CHOUX (NZ) John Bary Jonathan Riddell 13 58kg 118
2 X2200X0444 WALL STREET (NZ) Jeff Lynds Hugh Bowman 2 56kg 114
3 461976X668 DANLEIGH Chris Waller 1 55.5kg 112
4 522220X131 LOVE CONQUERS ALL Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Darren Beadman 9 55.5kg 112
5 4X5X0X5103 TOORAK TOFF Rick Hore-Lacy Steven Arnold 5 55.5kg 112
6 4133131403 PINWHEEL Peter Snowden Kerrin McEvoy 16 54.5kg 110
7 040X46X242 ALBERT THE FAT Chris Waller 11 54kg 108
8 3131X22415 SECRET ADMIRER Grahame Begg Brenton Avdulla 4 54kg 114
9 5171X10661 WOORIM Robert Heathcote Michael Rodd 8 54kg 108
10 11112X2311 TESTA MY PATIENCE Mick Price Craig Newitt 3 53.5kg 106
11 11147X1127 KING’S ROSE (NZ) Peter G Moody Luke Nolen 12 53kg 111
12 0X52512251 PINNACLES Rick Hore-Lacy 15 53kg 105
13 X32708X750 DAO DAO Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes Dwayne Dunn 14 52.5kg 103
14 89290X4537 LUEN YAT FOREVER Peter G Moody Nicholas Hall 17 52.5kg 103
15 90X601X007 YOSEI Stuart Webb Ms Michelle Payne 6 52.5kg 109
16 X12211X123 RED TRACER Chris Waller 19 52kg 106
17e 0023X19X60 LARGO LAD David Hayes James Winks 7 52kg 102
18e 1X37214X54 WILLY JIMMY Guy Walter 20 52kg 99
19e 22150X0902 LORD PYRUS (NZ) Judy Mawer 18 52kg 98
20e 530960X113 HE’S REMARKABLE (NZ) Roger James 10 52kg 95