New stal­lions at work

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

Ex­cit­ing times lie ahead for Rich Hill Stud with mile­stone events in the ca­reers of stal­lion new­com­ers Jimmy Choux and Shock­ing ea­gerly awaited.

The Wal­ton farm’s dy­namic duo were two of Aus­trala­sia’s finest race­track per­form­ers of re­cent sea­sons and have at­tracted the breeder in­ter­est to be ex­pected of their race records and pedi­grees.

‘‘We’re thrilled to of­fer two horses of such qual­ity at Rich Hill and the re­sponse to them has been out­stand­ing,’’ studmas­ter John Thompson said.

‘‘It’s been a real coup for us and they com­ple­ment our ros­ter so well along­side the proven pair of Pen­tire and Any Sug­ges­tion.’’

The win­ner of five group one ti­tles and run­ner-up in the Cox Plate, the charis­matic Jimmy Choux stood his first sea­son at Rich Hill 2012 and his first wel­comed later this year.

The son of the ill-fated cham­pion sire Thorn Park was blessed with an out­stand­ing first book of 110 mares. They in­cluded proven stakes per­form­ers, stakes pro­duc­ers and mul­ti­ple win­ners in­clud­ing Bank­side Belle, Beejay Belle, Dom­i­na­trix, Killa Loox, Kin­caple Belle, Ko­hi­noor, Lam­ing­ton Ve­gas, Luna Tu­dor, Ma­te­rial Girl, Peggy O’Reilly, Pesky, Ruqqaya, Seven Schillings, Sheila Che­val, Starzeel and Ve­do­dara.

Shock­ing re­tired to Rich Hill in 2011 af­ter mem­o­rable vic­to­ries in the Mel­bourne Cup and the Aus­tralian Cup.

The son of the po­tent Street Cry and a Dane­hill mare, his first crop have made a favourable im­pres­sion and his year­lings will de­but at Karaka in early 2014.

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Big year ahead: Jimmy Choux at Rich Hill Stud.

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