Brilliant filly Magic Briar confirmed herself as a serious contender for the New Zealand Group One One Thousand Guineas (1600m) with win a runaway win at Te Rapa on Friday. Ridden by leading jockey Opie Bosson, Magic Briar spaced her rivals in a field that included last season’s group one performer Charma who finished second.
The daughter of Thorn Park is currently on the second line of betting at $8.00 for the upcoming Classic to be run at Christchurch on November 13. Magic Briar’s next race will be the James & Annie Sarten Memorial Stakes at Te Rapa on October 25.
This result took her five start career tally to three wins, a third placing and an unlucky fifth in the Group Three Gold Trail Stakes, after being galloped on in running.
Meanwhile, on Saturday Jimmy Choux, a leading two-year-old of last season, continued his fine form with an impressive win in the Group Two NZB Insurance Hawkes Bay Guineas on the weekend.
The Thorn Park gelding commenced his three-year-season in the Wanganui Guineas finishing a nose second to Fiddler, with last season’s highest rated two-year-old Cellarmaster third.
The John Bary trained three-year-old season prospects were further enhanced by Saturday’s performance, running the 1400m in a slick 1.21.54. Jimmy Choux won by a half-length from Icepin and Maradona, while Cellarmaster finished fourth.
Jimmy Choux now heads to the Wellington Guineas (1500m) on October 23 at Trentham and in the $1m, Group One, New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at Christchurch on November 6.
Jimmy Choux is one of nine stakes winners and 18 stakes horses for his sire Thorn Park who stands at Windsor Park Stud in Cambridge.
Jimmy Choux winning at Hastings on Saturday, picture Raceimages.co.nz