NZ Horse of the Year Jimmy Choux (NZ) has passed away following a battle with cancer at Roselee Park.
His death at 16 follows that of Dash For Cash (Secret Savings) who died at Scenic Lodge aged 25 in November. The former Victorian arrived here a decade ago after retiring to Swettenham Stud in 2003.
Jimmy Choux (Thorn Park) began his stud career at Rich Hill Stud in 2012 before prominent WA owner-breeder Alan MacAlister bought him to stand with Wayne and Tracy Rodwell at Serpentine.
“He was a wonderful horse and a tough trooper until the end,” Tracy said on Saturday morning. “He covered 25 mares this season – one a day – and all of them are in foal.”
Jimmy Choux joined Balmerino (1975), Veandercross (1991) and Darci Brahma (2005) when completing the G2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas – NZ 2000 Guineas double in November 2010 and then swept the remaining classics in the Great Northern Guineas, Waikato Guineas and New Zealand Derby.
Group 1 winners Bostonian and Two Illicit were the best of his Kiwi-bred stock and his first Westspeed progeny includes promising 3yo winners My Jimmy and Choixway who resumed from a spell in a Belmont trial on Monday. The Jim Taylor-trained gelding did best in a 400m duel down the straight with Cheeky Charlotte (Winning Rupert).
The Rodwells have a selection of well-bred Jimmy Choux yearlings and foals for private sale. For further information call Wayne (0417 994 079) or Tracy (0400 011 691).
Roselee Park is home to King’s Troop (Redoute’s Choice) who is owned by Gangemi Thoroughbreds. He sired All The King’s Men to Listed victories in last year’s Lex Piper Stakes (Ascot) and WA Breeders Classic (Bunbury) and doubled up at Pinjarra earlier this month with Tribal Ruler and Kings Call.