NZ trainer confident ahead of Cox Plate

NZ trainer confident ahead of Cox PlateHawke’s Bay trainer John Bary has confounded Australian racing pundits with his final preparations of Jimmy Choux for the $A3 million ($NZ3.9 million) Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Bary is confident his four-year-old galloper can take out the weight-for-age championship over 2040 metres at the Melbourne track – 25 years after the great Bonecrusher prevailed in a classic duel against another kiwi Waverley Star.

After lacklustre trackwork on Tuesday, Jimmy Choux reportedly stunned clockers with a blistering gallop on Thursday – going against usual training conventions.

But Bary said he was sticking to his normal training practices with the horse.

“His main work is done on a Saturday and a Thursday,” he told The Australian newspaper.

“I don’t get hung up on times. I just said to (jockey) Jonathan (Riddell) to let him go out and bowl along.

“You ask anyone that has trained a good one, and I mean a good one, not just one that has won a cup but a champion.

“Maybe the Aussies aren’t giving Jimmy enough respect, the fact that he is a very good horse that can run good times.”

Bary said that with luck in running Jimmy Choux would storm over his rivals in the Cox Plate, adding he’s “got a massive turn of foot and a very fast finish”.

Caulfield Guineas winner Helmet is $A3.30 favourite with TAB Sportsbet.

Jimmy Choux, unbeaten in three 2000m starts, is the second pick at $A4.40 with Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes winner Rekindled Interest at $A6.50.