The person closest the 2011 Group 1 $1m Emirate Stakes (1600m) favourite Jimmy Choux says he is “spot on” for the second of his three big race targets.
Strapper Sue Hall says despite still having knockers, her horse will do the talking when it steps out tomorrow afternoon at Flemington.
The Kiwi was a Cox Plate betting drifter when he worked unconvincingly at Moonee Valley on the Tuesday before the race.
But his effort when second to the perfectly ridden Pinker Pinker vindicated his New Zealand reputation as their best horse, if not the best middle distance galloper in Australasia.
Hall says the 16.2 hands galloper has bounced back after that Moonee Valley date and will take beating tomorrow.
“He is very bright, very well, he had a couple of days off up at Kilmore and he really chilled out,”Hall said
“He relaxed away from the hustle and bustle at Flemington this week
“He did really good work on Tuesday at Flemington, he went a 1000m in 1.02, the last 600m in 38 and final 400m a tick over 23.
“He was a little tired after the Cox Plate for a day or two but had no ill effects whatsoever.
“It was a great run, he grows on raceday.
“He answered the critics but they are knocking him again.
“They are saying top weights don’t win Emirates but they didn’t have the heart of Jimmy.”
The last top weight to achieve the feat was Testa Rossa with 59kg in 2000 after he finished sixth to Sunline in the Cox Plate.
Jimmy Choux will carry 58kg, a kilo less than Testa Rossa and a kilo less than trainer John Bary thought he would get.
While Jimmy Choux is coming back in distance from 2040m to 1600m, Hall said it was of little concern.
“He won the New Zealand Derby over 2400m and came back to 2000m to win the Rosehill Guineas,” she said.
The versatility of Jimmy Choux will also help from his wide barrier 13.
“He has won from wide draws before, we will sit him back and have the last run at them,” Hall said.
“(Jockey) Jonathon (Riddell) can put him anywhere, he is a versatile horse who can be handy or back and he performs on all tracks and distances we have attempted.”
Jimmy Choux owned by Richard Wood was named by his wife Liz.
Wood has an investment company called Chouxmaani Investments and Liz a lover of shoes played on words.
Tomorrow’s Emirates was always on the agenda and is a stepping stone to the $Aus2.5m Hong Kong Mile at Shatin on December 11.
“The 1600m is his pet distance,” Hall said.
“I think Wall Street is a danger, he won it (the Emirates) last year but there are many good milers.
“I just know what my horse got, he may be under-rated even now.”
Bookmakers have Jimmy Choux $4.80 favourite in front of King’s Rose $6 and Secret Admirer $7 in the Emirates.
He defeated those two horses home as well as Wall Street in the Cox Plate.