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Local superstar: Jimmy Choux, ridden by Jonathan Riddell, wins the Windsor Park Plate at Hastings on Saturday.
Photo: JOHN COWPLAND/SUNDAY STAR TIMES
Jimmy Choux sent a warning to
the Australians and gave jockey
Jonathan Riddell a perfect birth-
day present, with an awesome re-
turn to winning form in Satur-
day s Group I $200,000 Windsor
Park Plate at Hastings Race-
The newly-crowned Horse of the
Year showed Sydneysiders a
glimpse of his ability when it won
the Group I Rosehill Guineas
(2000 metres) earlier this year
and is now heading to Melbourne
with all guns blazing.
The four-year-old is on target
for a clash with Australia s best
weight-for-age performers in the
A$3 million W S Cox Plate
(2040m) on October 22 and will
probably go into that event with-
out another race.
Hastings trainer John Bary
said Jimmy Choux was exactly
where he wanted him, but was
keeping his options open on a
possible start in the Group I
$300,000 New Zealand Bloodstock
Insurance Spring Classic (2040m),
the final leg of the Hawke s Bay
Spring Racing Carnival s triple
crown, on October 1.
He s booked on two flights to
Aussie, on October 1 and October
8, so we ll just see how he does
over the next few days and I ll
have a talk to Jonathan and then
The horse will be based at
Flemington and could go on to the
Emirates Stakes (1600m) on that
track after the Cox Plate.
Jimmy Choux started a $1.90
favourite in Saturday s 1600m
event and showed an electrifying
turn of foot in the final 300m to
win by three-quarters of a length
from Mufhasa, with the South
Island-trained Hold It Harvey
three-quarters of a length back in
Riddell, who celebrated his 33rd
birthday, settled Jimmy Choux
perfectly before angling him out to
make his run on the turn.
Chip off the old block
All-rounder: Doug Bracewell puts everything into a delivery in
a Hawke's Bay v Manawatu match at Napier's Nelson Park.
Photo: PAUL WILSON
AT A GLANCE
Name: Doug Bracewell
Born: September 28, 1990, in Tauranga
Style: Right-hand batsman, right-arm medium-fast
Teams: Central Districts, New Zealand under-19, New
First-class debut: CD v Auckland, Napier, November
Career: 17 matches, 439 runs at 20.90, highest score
97; 42 wickets at 42.45, best bowling 5-47
Just short of 21,
Doug Bracewell is
playing with a
beyond his years.
It almost had to happen, with
those genes. Doug Bracewell
has always played like a crick-
eter in a hurry, and now he s
hurtling full steam towards
New Zealand selection.
It s a familiar story, a
young Bracewell banging
down the door to the national
team. His fast-bowling father,
Brendon, debuted as an
18-year-old, and big-hitting,
swing bowling all-rounder
Doug is just short of his 21st
birthday. He could emulate
his father before the year is
out, such were the glowing
tributes thrown his way after
the recent New Zealand A
tour of Australia.
The surname stands out
like a beacon, and young
Bracewell is used to being
quizzed. It comes with images
of fiery, ultra-competitive characters not fond of taking a
backward step, on or off the pitch. Think uncle, John, the
former national coach and offspinner with a fast bowler s
mentality. Doug is a touch more laidback, but still an
imposing sight with ball or bat at the end of his tattooed
Obviously it [family] gets talked up but I try not to
worry about it too much. Just do what I do and play my
own game, he said. Dad has been a huge influence, ever
since I started playing. He s got some good knowledge and
he s always there for a yarn and a bit of
Bracewell made his first-class debut
at 18 and moved on to the selectors
radar last summer when he made the
long list of 30 for the World Cup.
He was perilously close to a New Zealand Cricket con-
tract in August, but lost out to left-arm quick Trent Boult.
Then last month he rocketed to the top of coach John
Wright s selection notebook, taking five wickets at 14.60
and averaging 30 with the bat at a strike rate of 154 in the
NZA coach Grant Bradburn labelled him the find of the
tour and Wright invited Bracewell to a three-week camp
(20 contracted players and selected others) for Zimbabwe
tour hopefuls in Christchurch, which began on Monday.
I ve got a big opportunity to impress a few
people so hopefully I can take it, he said.
I m definitely feeling that I m close enough
and in the mix. I ve just got to keep doing what
I m doing and performing.
He ll also spend a few days with the young
fast bowlers squad beforehand, under the eye
of new national bowling coach Damien Wright.
Bracewell s big strength is swinging the ball at
pace, and he hopes Wright can help with the
vagaries of reverse swing.
Central Districts selector and coaching direc-
tor Scott Briasco isn t surprised by Bracewell s
You forget he s only coming up 21 years old.
He s a tough rooster and he just continues to
front up for us. At times we think he s 24-25,
Briasco said. He s always been ahead of his
time physically, but now he s starting to learn
how to play the game at the top level and show
his all-round skills.
Bracewell played the last three summers for
NOBM under his coach and dad, Brendon, but
is understood to have signed for Taradale this
If he makes the tour to Zimbabwe he won t
feature in club cricket at all, and will either
make it to the touring party to Australia, or
return straight to the CD Stags. Fairfax NZ
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