Jimmy Choux

Jimmy Choux (foaled 10 October 2007)[1] is a New Zealand thoroughbred racehorse. On 5 March 2011, he won the 136th running of the New Zealand Derby.[2] In doing so, he became the first horse since Surfers Paradise in 1990 to win both the New Zealand 2000 Guineas and the New Zealand Derby.[3]

Jimmy Choux
Jimmy Choux started at Hong Kong Mile
SireThorn Park
GrandsireSpinning World
Foaled10 October 2007
CountryNew Zealand
BreederChouxmaani Investments Ltd
OwnerChouxmaani Investments Ltd
TrainerJohn Bary
Major wins
Hawke's Bay Guineas (2010)
New Zealand 2000 Guineas (2010)
New Zealand Derby (2011)
Rosehill Guineas (2011)
Windsor Park Plate (2011)
Spring Classic (2011)
New Zealand Horse of the Year (2010/11)
Last updated on 16 October 2017

Racing career

A Group 2 winner and twice Group 1 placed as a two-year-old, Jimmy Choux's 2010-2011 season was among the most successful by a New Zealand three-year-old in recent history. As well as capturing the country's two biggest three-year-old races, the 2000 Guineas and the Derby, Jimmy Choux easily won the Hawke's Bay Guineas, Great Northern Guineas, Wellington Stakes and Waikato Guineas.

Some cast doubts over the prospects of Jimmy Choux in the Derby because his pedigree suggested that 2400m should be well beyond his capabilities. There was little evidence in his pedigree that Jimmy Choux would be able to run any further than a mile. But he proved his stamina, to win the Derby by two lengths.

After his NZ Derby win, Jimmy Choux traveled to Australia. His first start there resulted in a Group One victory in the Rosehill Guineas, confirming his status as one of Australasia's best three-year-olds. He started a short-priced favourite in the AJC Australian Derby but finished sixth in his final races as a three-year-old. He was awarded New Zealand Horse of the Year for the 2010/11 season.[4]

Jimmy Choux resumed as a four-year-old, on 27 August 2011, with a second placing in the Challenge Stakes at Hastings. He then won the Windsor Park Plate and the Spring Classic, his fourth and fifth Group 1 wins, confirming his status as one of the favourites for the Cox Plate.

Jimmy Choux started second favourite in the 2011 Cox Plate. He sat just off the pace and gained a clear lead around the final turn, before being run down late by Pinker Pinker to finish second. He then ran fourth as topweight in the Emirates Stakes, before closing his campaign with a sixth placing in the Hong Kong Mile.

Jimmy Choux resumed racing in April 2012 in the Easter Handicap at Ellerslie, where he finished a creditable seventh under 61 kg. However, he was well-beaten at his next start in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, and was subsequently retired from racing.[5]

Stud Record

Jimmy Choux was retired to Rich Hill Stud in Matamata, where he stood for a service fee of $10,000.[6]

In 2019 Jimmy Choux was sold to Rosalee Park Stud in Serpentine, Western Australia.[7]

Notable progeny

c = colt, f = filly, g = gelding

Foaled Name Sex Major Wins
2014 The Bostonian g Doomben 10,000, Kingsford-Smith Cup


  1. "Jimmy Choux horse form guide, history, breeding and career stats". Punters.com.au. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
  2. "Jimmy Choux dominant in New Zealand Derby". Stuff.co.nz. NZPA. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2011.
  3. http://www.hawkesbaytoday.co.nz/sport/news/history-awaits-jimmy-choux/3943091/
  4. Dillon, Mike (27 August 2011). "Racing: Jimmy Choux takes Horse of Year title at a canter". nzherald.co.nz. Retrieved 27 August 2011.
  5. "Group one stars retired after Randwick flops". 29 August 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  6. "Jimmy Choux stars at Rich Hill open day". 5 August 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  7. "Jimmy Choux relocating to Western Australia". Retrieved 26 April 2019.
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