Trainer John Bary has no problems taking the unconventional path to the Cox Plate, leaving Jimmy Choux without a race for five weeks going into the weight-for-age championship.
Jimmy Choux proved he had retained his three-year-old ability at Hastings on Saturday, out-finishing the six-time Group One winning sprinter Mufhasa to take the Windsor Park Plate (1600m).
Most Australasian horses targeting the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on October 22 will be having at least one more race before contesting the high pressure race but Bary doesn’t think Jimmy Choux needs it.
“I won’t race a horse every two weeks just because everyone else does,” Bary said.
“If he needed to race every two weeks he would, but he’s not the type of horse that does. He runs well when he’s fit and fresh and I don’t want to overcook him.”
Jimmy Choux shortened to $5 favouritism on the New Zealand TAB for the Cox Plate and tightened to $7.50 second favourite with TAB Sportsbet in Australia behind Whobegotyou at $7.
“I’m not too worried about any other horses. I can’t control anyone else’s horse, all I can do is have my own horse fit and ready.”
Regular jockey Jonathan Riddell will retain the ride for the Cox Plate.
Bary said Jimmy Choux was also likely to contest the Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on November 5 and the Hong Kong Mile (1600m) on International day at Sha Tin in December this campaign.
Mufhasa made a top effort to add the Windsor Park Plate to the Challenge Stakes but found Jimmy Choux a little too good.
Jimmy Choux ran second in the Challenge Stakes with Lion Tamer franking the form of that race with his win in Saturday’s Underwood Stakes at Caulfield.
Hold It Harvey made good ground along the fence at Hastings to take third ahead of last year’s Emirates Stakes winner Wall Street, while Booming ran on solidly for fifth.