New Zealand Horse of the Year Jimmy Choux was among old friends and made many new ones when he was on parade with fellow stallions Any Suggestion, Pentire and Shocking during Rich Hill Stud's open day.
The multiple Group One winner will stand his first season at the Walton farm this year and made his first public appearance since retirement before an audience yesterday of more than 120.
Rich Hill managing director John Thompson said the turn-out had been typical of the interest New Zealand breeders had showed in Jimmy Choux since his retirement.
"A five time Group 1 winner and Champion Australasian 3YO who trained on at four and finished second in a Cox Plate represents significant value at his NZ$10,000 + GST introductory service fee.
He has let down into a magnificent stallion and drew hugely positive feedback during the open day."
Among the crowd were Hawke's Bay couple Richard and Liz Wood, who bred and raced Jimmy Choux and have retained an interest in the stallion. They have recently expanded their broodmare band to support the son of champion sire Thorn Park.
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 Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas-New Zealand Derby double and the Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas in Sydney as a three-year-old. The following season he claimed the Gr.1 Windsor Park Plate and Gr.1 Spring Classic and finished runner-up in the Gr.1 Cox Plate.
Bary is also keen to patronise Jimmy Choux, who was retired as the winner of 12 races and more than $NZ3.6 million, in his new career at Rich Hill.
Included in the early rush of mares booked to Jimmy Choux are black type winners and performers Mill Duckie (Sunline Vase-LR, 3rd New Zealand Oaks-Gr.1, 3rd Thorndon Mile-Gr.1, 2nd Rich Hill Mile-Gr.2, 2nd Trentham Stakes-Gr.2, 2nd Eagle Stakes-Gr.2 ), Fasline (My Rewards Stakes-LR), Brown Eyed Grace (Canterbury Belle Stakes-LR), Floramour (Manihi Classic-LR), Lamington Vegas (Ryder Stakes-LR, 3rd Lion Red Plate-LR), Keffiya (3rd Royal Stakes-Gr.2), Beejay Belle (2nd Matamata Breeders' Stakes-Gr.2) and Upstage (Quest For Fame), who is the dam of Mudgway Partsworld Stakes-Gr.1 and Waikato Draught Sprint-Gr.1 winner and sire Tavistock.
Associate stallions Pentire, whose son Mufhasa and daughter Say No More won six Gr 1 titles between them in 2011-12, champion New Zealand first-season and two-year-old sire Any Suggestion and dual Gr 1 winner Shocking, who got 130 mares in foal last year from an outstanding first book, were also paraded at Rich Hill yesterday.
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