Bary pleased with top duo

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John Bary has his Jimmy Choux swag­ger on as he pre­pares for Group rac­ing at Tren­tham on Satur­day.

The Hast­ings trainer was well­known for declar­ing star gal­loper Jimmy Choux "past-the-post" to me­dia in cer­tain pre-race dis­cus­sions and was rarely wrong.

He ad­mits he’s got a good feel­ing about head­ing to the races on Satur­day with Gr.1 Ry­dges Welling­ton Cap­tain Cook Stakes

(1600m) con­tender Miss Wil­son and Gr.2 Rand­wick Meats Wake­field Chal­lenge Stakes

(1200m) can­di­date King Louis. Both race in the colours of Jimmy Choux’s breeder-own­ers Richard and Liz Wood.

"It’s a bit like when we used to take Jimmy to the races. You are not go­ing along just hope­ful that your horse is go­ing to run a good race, but not re­ally be­ing sure. We’ll turn up on Satur­day know­ing we are a gen­uine chance in both races," Bary said.

TAB book­mak­ers have opened Miss Wil­son an equal $6.50 sec­ond favourite for her weight-for-age week­end as­sign­ment be­hind six­time Group One win­ner and $2.80 favourite Kawi, a horse she beat home when both filled mi­nor plac­ings in last month’s Gr.2 Tau­ranga Stakes (1600m).

"I just wasn’t that happy with her at Tau­ranga. Her coat was a bit off and whether it was the overnighter be­cause she’s not the best trav­eller, I’m not re­ally too sure," Bary said.

"But she’s done re­ally well since. Her coat is much bet­ter and ev­ery­thing is per­fect with her ac­tion and con­di­tion.

"She’s had a good sea­son. She’s won the Group Three sprint and run a cou­ple of other nice sec­onds and I re­ally feel she’s still on the way up.

‘‘She’s got a good track and she’s two-from-two at Tren­tham.’’ Miss Wil­son has drawn the out­side bar­rier of 11 and while Bary in­ti­mated that the five-year-old Stra­tum half-sis­ter to Jimmy Choux could press for­ward, he would leave that de­ci­sion with jockey Sam Collett.

"She drew wide when she won the Cud­dle Stakes at Tren­tham, though that was a Group Three set weights and penal­ties race.

‘‘She does have good speed but whether she uses it or not will be up to Sam.

"She has tac­ti­cal speed which helps and there’s only 11 in it, so it’s not like she’s hav­ing to press for­ward from 16 or 18. She’s a big mare and a big-strid­ing mare so it won’t worry me if she’s on front or track­ing other horses.

"She’s at her best at 1400m to 1600m, I think, but she’s got that high-cruis­ing speed which puts up with the good ones."

Bary was also ex­pect­ing a bold run from ex­cit­ing two-year-old King Louis, who was a trial win­ner at Fox­ton last month after his de­but sec­ond in the Listed Welles­ley Stakes (1000m) at Tren­tham in Oc­to­ber.

John Bary

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