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Jimmy Choux Wins NZ Gr1 Spring Classic
In New Zealand, Windsor Park Stud's Gr1-winning Australian-bred stallion Thorn Park (Spinning World-Joy, by Bluebird) added a Gr1 triumph when last season’s NZ Horse-Of-The-Year & favoured 4YO entire Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park-Cierzo, by Centaine) notched his 2nd successive Gr1 win in a fortnight with a 1.75-length victory in the NZ$300,000 weight-for-age Gr1 NZ Bloodstock Insurance Spring Classic (2040m) at Hastings in Hawke’s Bay. Jimmy Choux (ridden by Jonathan Riddell for trainer John Bary) defeated dead-heating 7YO geldings Red Ruler (Viking Ruler-Ransom Bay, by Red Ransom) & Australian-bred Hold It Harvey (King Cugat-Daly Charm, by Best Western). Jimmy Choux now has 12 wins (also including September’s Gr1 Windsor Park Plate over 1600m at Hastings, both March’s Australian Gr1 Rosehill Guineas over 2000m at Rosehill & Gr1 New Zealand Derby over 2400m at Ellerslie, February's Gr3 Waikato Guineas over 2000m at Te Rapa & January's Gr3 Wellington Stakes over 1600m at Trentham, plus 2010's Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas over 1600m at Riccarton Park, Gr2 NZ Bloodstock Insurance Hawke's Bay Guineas over 1400m at Hastings, Gr2 Westbury Stud Wakefield Challenge Stakes over 1200m at Trentham & Gr2 Great Northern Guineas over 1600m at Ellerslie) & 6 placings (including August’s Gr1 Makfi Challenge Stakes over 1400m at Hastings, plus 2010's Gr1 Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m at Awapuni, Gr1 Auckland Diamond Stakes over 1200m at Ellerslie & Listed Wanganui Guineas over 1340m, plus 2009's Listed Weetwood Grange Stakes over 1100m at Te Rapa) from 21 starts for NZ$2,989,753 earnings.