Sassy and playful, he exudes an air of confidence akin to a tertiary student who has just rolled into a bar after his capping ceremony.
You somehow get the impression this bloke is just itching for someone to light his fuse so he can orbit into stardom like a firecracker.
His coat, peeping from under a borrowed rug veiling his torso, gleams in the lustrous Hawke's Bay sun as he nonchalantly flexes his supple limbs.
My word, this boy looks good and does he know it.
Yes, there's a healthy dose of Sonny Bill Williams persona about him but it stops ever so shy of becoming egotistical.
His moist, hazel eyes reflect a sense of humility that has an alluring effect on the unsuspecting spectators.
As the camera shutter clicks at the 27ha Timoti Farms property, he twitches subtly before responding with a degree of professionalism that leaves the smattering of bystanders dumb struck.
If Jimmy Choux is uncomfortable in any way, then the nervous tunic (or retina), comprising of a cluster of cells extending to his brain, is doing a marvellous job of helping him keep his composure.
Cool, super cool, that's exactly what the 4-year-old colt will have to be when he lines up in the group-one $200,000 Makfi Challenge Stakes in Hastings today.
When the starting gate springs open in the feature race of the first of three Rush Munro's Hawke's Bay Spring Racing Carnival meetings, Jimmy Choux (pronounced shoe) will calmly take the electric atmosphere in his stride with Jonathan Riddell in the saddle.
"When you race horses, it doesn't matter how much ability they have got. If they haven't got a brain and haven't got a heart to want to run and try for you [then] that's it," Hastings trainer John Bary says with a shrug of his shoulders at his three-year-old property on the outskirts of Havelock North.
"It doesn't matter how good you are. In his brain, he's a pro from day one and he seems to know racing and just loves the crowd."
Admittedly, the Richard and Liz Wood-syndicated horse is enjoying his time out from the Choux (shoe) box - expansive by stable standards - as he awaits his first outing in Hastings since winning the group two Hawke's Bay Guineas in October last year.
That luxury of the Choux box, however, doesn't extend to building any rapport of substance with the girls.
The fillies are kept a safe distance away from him, although Jimmy is notorious for hanging his head over the fence to flirt with a select few fillies in Bary's stable.
"I don't want him to know that he's a stallion yet because it'll upset his thinking process."
For now, Bary is lapping up the horse's fickle sense of innocence as he puffs his chest out, oblivious to any distractions but instinctively mindful of where the finish line is.
With the hormones kicking in, the multi-millionaire colt is behaving like any testosterone-filled teenager at the end-of-year school ball.
"They are just a pain in the arse, actually, strong in the mind and much like a teenage boy whose job's not always on the mind," Bary explains with a grin soon after fielding a rash of phone calls from Australian racing scribes feeding the insatiable appetite of racegoers across the ditch where the Sydney media have dubbed him the "Choux, Choux Express".
Sydney Morning Herald racing reporter Chris Roots' phone call reaffirms Bary's belief the Australians are expecting a concerted New Zealand attack on Melbourne.
Hastings breeder Wood set up the syndicate, Chouxmaani Investments, with wife Liz in a jocular vein on the basis the earnings would go towards buying shoes for her. "Shoe" is a pun on the name of Malaysian fashion guru, Jimmy Choo, but the horse's $2,637,253 earnings to date is no loose change.
Jimmy Choux has usurped The Hombre's rug because the colt chews his off when gallivanting around at play time (Bary says it's a sign he's happy). The rug reads "Lucky Bary".
Luck won't go astray today as Bary emphasises the need for another horse in the Sunline mould to put racing on the grid here again.
But Bary, who was on track to win several awards last night in Hastings with Jimmy Choux, can't bank on a punter's flutter, any more than he gives a damn about winning silverware in a job that yields money based purely on how much time you invest in the animals.
If anything, it seems Bary has a bee in his bonnet about the New Zealand media's view of him as someone lacking knowledge in the field.
He reckons Kiwis suffer from tall poppy syndrome.
In his visits to Australia, which included trips as a professional polo player, he was able to juxtapose the New Zealand psyche with the Ocker one.
"In Aussie, if you are on the top of the pedestal they all cheer and if you are knocked off they give you a hand up.
"In New Zealand they try to push you off and when you're on the bottom, they want to stand on you. That's just the psyche we've got," Bary laments.
"It's something I admire them for and [have] taken on board [enough] to say, 'Hey, I reckon we're good enough to win today or no I don't think we can' so it's straight black and white."
Having got that off his chest, Bary stresses Jimmy Choux thrives regardless of a good or wet track.
"He's won a derby on a heavy 10, which was sloppy and wet," he says, believing Wall Street, Lion Tamer and former stakes winner and match-fit Fritzy Boy pose the major threat.
Scarlet Lady comes into the equation, a mare Bary reckons will strut her stuff at the Melbourne Cup in November.
The intolerance of Kiwi conceptualism rears its head again, this time in the form of the ritualistic racing of horses every two weeks.
"I have done it differently. If I think the horse is fine we don't race it. We race it when he's fit and well," says Bary, who tore that fabric of intolerance when he raced Jimmy Choux after a four-week lay-off to clinch the $2.2 million New Zealand Derby in March.
"You just back yourself. If I'm right, I'm right. If I'm wrong then I'm wrong.
"You don't want to change the way you train just because other people say you should.
"It's like last week when they said he wasn't working well. I knew he was and I had a problem with that," Bary explains, seeking comfort in Sunline trainer Trevor McKee who reinforced Bary's self-belief.
"He said when you have a good one everyone's watching it every day.
"You are always going to get your knockers and get told how it should be trained and all that.
"It's just water off a duck's back so you back yourself and your staff."
Bary is happy with Jimmy Choux's build up although he would have liked a trial under his belt before today's race at 4.16pm.
"He's got a couple of searching gallops so he's got some good blows from it but the sun this week's made such a difference.
"Just look at his coat now and his eyes, he's feeling really well."
Riddell tends to have Jimmy Choux tucking in behind the pace before surging to a devastating finish about 250m in the straight.
The Hombre arrived from Australia on Tuesday but the plan is to reinvent him as a sprinter-miler (1400m) because 2000m is beyond his reach.
"So he'll try to pick up some group ones in that distance."
"He's still got the ability. He's won a group race in Aussie and you don't do that unless you've still got the ability," he says of The Hombre, who was working huge in Brisbane for his last race but, once again, ran out of puff over the distance.
"He's still growing and he's a big boy now," he says of the 5-year-old gelding.
"Form comes and goes but class is always there," Bary says, toying with the slim possibility of racing him on the last day of the spring carnival here.