Jimmy Choux (NZ) has unearthed another galloper with Group 1 potential with trainer Mark Brosnan in New Zealand.
Brosnan confirmed his mare Supreme Heights was the main reason why he carried on training through COVID-19 when most of the big yards had turned out their entire teams. “It’s good to have one like her in the stable,” he said. “I’ve been in racing all my life and you just have to keep going and hope a good horse comes along.”
Supreme Heights (5m Jimmy Choux – Summer Heights by Stark South) won the G3 NZB Ready To Race Sale Stakes (1400m) at New Plymouth last Saturday improving her record to 6 wins in 15 starts for a syndicate that includes Matamata vet Bill Ewen and his brother-in-law Paul Culpan.
Brosnan’s last Group 1 winner was Veloce Bella in the 2010 Darci Brahma Stakes (2000m) and he has long-range Group 1 plans for Supreme Heights in the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes (1600m) at Te Aroha in April.
“She’s a good mare and I knew she had the ability but I was worried about her handling the Heavy 10 on Saturday. She was fit enough although she paid a hefty penalty for a lead-up win at Te Rapa. Now she’s likely to go to either the (G3) Breeders’ Stakes at Hawera or the (LR) Matamata Cup on October 10.
“We never have more than a dozen in work and my wife Yo and I do it all ourselves. I thought the game was easy back when Veloce Bella was going so well but I soon came back down to earth.”
Supreme Heights is a member of the famed ‘Heights’ family from NZ that has produced Battle Heights (Cox Plate), Sky Heights (Caulfield Cup) and Mapperley Heights (South Australian Derby).
Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park) was based at Rich Hill Stud in NZ before covering his first book at Roselee Park last year. He stands for a $4,950 (inc GST) service fee at the Serpentine stud farm alongside Vital Equine (Ire).
His multiple Group 1 winner The Bostonian was ruled out of the Sydney spring carnival after suffering a fetlock injury last month. He will cross the Tasman again for the autumn carnival.
Jimmy Choux classic winner Two Illicit is on the third line of markets at $6 for the G1 Windsor Park Plate (1600m) at Hastings this Saturday following her last-start victory in the JRA Trophy (1400m) at Ellerslie.