Scarlett Lady & Jimmy Choux Go Head-To-Head At Hastings

August 24th, 2011

Jimmy Choux and Scarlett Lady will compete against each other for the informal title of New Zealand’s best race horse this spring, as friendly rivalry between the horses’ trainers continues to mount.

The two horses are due to meet in this weekend’s Makfi Challenge Stakes at Hastings in New Zealand.

Scarlett Lady’s trainer, Graeme Rogerson, believes his mare has the edge over the talented Jimmy Choux.

“By all accounts, Graeme Rogerson has claimed Scarlett Lady is the best horse in New Zealand,” Jimmy Choux’s trainer John Bary said.

“We will see how good Rogie’s judgment is.”

Bary is extremely happy with Jimmy Choux’s progress since returning from a lengthy winter spell.

“Jimmy Choux is right where I want him,” Bary said.

“He’s grown, he’s about 16.2 (hands high) now and he’s put on a few more kilos.

“He’s had a nice long three months of good slow work getting him to where I want him to be.

“He missed a trial because they cancelled them, which is the only worry, but we’ve got enough gallops into him and I think he has the class factor.

“He might only have to be 90 to 95 per cent to beat that field. Class takes you a long way.”

With Jimmy Choux’s main aim being the $3 million Cox Plate in October, Bary is considering giving the four-year-old a light lead-up to the race.

“If he blows like hell and I think he needs another run we can always run in the Windsor Park Plate (on September 17), but if I’m happy he might just have an exhibition gallop that day and then go straight into the Group 1 Spring Classic (formerly Kelt Capital Stakes) on October 1 before we go to Australia,” Bary said.

Scarlett Lady, on the other hand, will begin her Australian spring carnival next month in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes at Caulfield.

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