Connections have confirmed that emerging superstar colt The Autumn Sun will not contest the Cox Plate and instead will be spelled to prepare for the autumn. "Following consultation with the owners of The Autumn Sun, it has been decided that he will be spelled and will not race on during the spring carnival of 2018," trainer Chris Waller said in a statement on his website. "No firm plans have been discussed in relation to his program for next year, however it will be our goal to ensure he is racing in elite company and ensuring his talent as a more mature colt is showcased to all racing fans." Waller added: "The Autumn Sun is an incredibly exciting colt and I am very proud of his achievements in his short career to date. I do understand that there was a level of expectation to see him race again this spring, however my job is to ensure we see the best of what The Autumn Sun has to offer with longevity our primary concern when considering his immediate future." The Autumn Sun is owned by Hermitage Thoroughbreds and Arrowfield Stud, who purchased the stallion rights to the 3YO in the week leading up to his exceptional win in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas last Saturday. Purchased for $700,000 by his trainer Chris Waller & Hermitage Thoroughbreds at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, The Autumn Sun is by Redoute's Choice out of the unraced Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to the Aga Khan's ill-fated multiple Gr1 winner and former Brighthill Farm shuttler Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan). The Autumn Sun has hitherto won 5 of his 6 starts, including three Group 1s (namely the Caulfield Guineas, Golden Rose & JJ Atkins Plate), for $2,321,521 in earnings. It is the record of a horse blessed with very rare talent and stamps him as the second best horse in Australia behind his illustrious stable-mate Winx.
John Messara has indicated that superstar colt The Autumn Sun could very well clash with stable-mate Winx in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday week, reports racenet. Trainer Chris Waller seemed to all but rule out a tilt at the Cox Plate for the budding champion, but Messara, whose Arrowfield Stud purchased the stallion rights to The Autumn Sun only last week, says a decision will be made in the coming days. "It was very exciting and it’s safe to say the horse lived right up to our expectations on Saturday. It was amazing and to win a classic race like that was sensational - he’s got plenty of speed when he needs it," Messara said. "My inclination would be to keep the horse at around the mile but Chris will know better than me on that. He still only weighs around 480 kilograms and he’s a decent sized horse - I think he’ll come back a better horse in the autumn and thankfully so does Chris Waller." Messara added: "Chris and I will talk on Monday to discuss the Cox Plate but seriously, I don’t want to be known as the man who shot Bambi if he did go and beat Winx. It’s a difficult decision obviously and Chris is being very fair and said to me ‘if you want to run, run’ but I will sleep on it and we’ll talk on Monday."
At Caulfield in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) celebrated an elite race success when exceptional 3YO Australian-bred colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice -Azmiyna, by Galileo) won in a canter by 4.5-lengths for trainer Chris Waller in the $2,000,000 Gr1 Ladbrokes Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating fellow colt Vassilator & the filly Oohood. Clearly the horse to beat in the Caulfield Guineas after his scarcely believable effort to win the Gr1 Golden Rose, The Autumn Sun could harldy be accused of getting any favours in the run, with James McDonald trapped three deep for much of the first half of the race. The odds-on favourite looked to have a fight on his hands when Native Soldier tried to slip away in the straight but Australia’s next racing superstar simply idled past and the went into another gear over the final 200m. Purchased for $700,000 by his trainer Chris Waller & Hermitage Thoroughbreds at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, The Autumn Sun is out of the unraced Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to the Aga Khan's ill-fated multiple Gr1 winner and former Brighthill Farm shuttler Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan). Now 50 percent owned by Arrowfield Stud, The Autumn Sun took his sparkling record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Golden Rose & Gr1 JJ Atkins Plate) and 1 placing (the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes) from 6 starts for $2,321,521 in earnings.
Even the incomparable Danehill left only two Australian-bred colts that won at Group 1 level as a 2YO and then won two or more Group 1 races at three. Their names? Flying Spur – Champion Australian Sire of 2007, and Redoute’s Choice – Champion Australian Sire in 2006, 2010 & 2014. On Saturday the colt Arrowfield bought into last week, The Autumn Sun, joined that exclusive club with a stunning win in the $2 million Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne. That followed his successes in last season’s JJ Atkins Plate and last month’s Gr1 Golden Rose. Arrowfield’s John Messara said: "We’re absolutely delighted to share such a wonderful win with Hermitage Thoroughbreds and Chris Waller and his team. To sit as wide as he did and then win in such a dominant manner confirms that The Autumn Sun is a very special horse." Messara added: "It is extra special that we bred and sold him with the Aga Khan Studs at Inglis Easter and that he has won the race that made his sire Redoute’s Choice a legend 19 years ago." The Autumn Sun has a three-quarter sister by Snitzel who was purchased for $1.3 million by the same Hermitage/Waller/Mulcaster team at this year’s Easter Sale. His dam Azmiyna (Galileo) has a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt and is due to foal again to Snitzel this Spring. The Autumn Sun became the 33rd Gr1 winner for his champion sire Redoute's Choice who has now left 160 stakes winners.
For all the joy she brings to racing fans around the world, the flipside of Winx’s utter domination is that the question generally becomes by how far, not if. At its polar opposite is Saturday’s second running of The Everest, an elite sprint where the only certainty seems to be uncertainty such is the depth of possible outcomes. And as frustrating as it is to settle on a top pick, that’s somewhat refreshing. At $7 or better the field, The Everest of 2018 is shaping like a Melbourne Cup market where even drawing a rank outsider in the office sweep still comes with some sense of hope. In this year’s The Everest almost no result would be a genuine upset. As the only 3YO in the race, Graff offers as much each-way appeal as any at $17. Carrying very little weight and likely to keep out of trouble from his draw, he was beaten only a length last start by The Autumn Sun. The latter is odds-on for Saturday’s Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, and would have been a popular pick had he been included in this $13 million affair instead. If climbing the rarefied air of The Everest looks like too much of a challenge, there’s always The Kosciuszko where The Monstar is weighted to provide Scone trainer Brett Cavanough with 685,000 reasons for leaving Base Camp.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $2 million Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) to be run at Caulfield racecourse this Saturday. The conspicuous favourite for the race is budding superstar The Autumn Sun who is coming off a stunning last-to-first win in the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) in Sydney on 22 September. TAB have the Chris Waller-trained colt listed as the $1.90 favourite, well clear of his nearest market rivals Native Soldier ($7) and Leonardo Da Hinchi ($8). The Autumn Sun will get every opportunity to boost his Gr1 tally to three after drawing perfectly in barrier five.
The Autumn Sun has pleased trainer Chris Waller with his first look around Caulfield. The budding superstar colt worked alongside stable-mate D'Argento at Caulfield on Tuesday morning with the pair covering the 1000 metres in 1:06.96. The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice -Azmiyna, by Galileo) announced himself as arguably the second-best horse in Australia when scoring a stunning last-to-first win in the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) on 22 September. Remarkably, the Golden Rose was the colt's second top-flight success in just five career outings after his win in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Plate in Brisbane in the winter. The striking son of Redoute's Choice is expected to embellish his Gr1 record even further in Saturday's $2 million Caulfield Guineas (1600m) for which he is the dominant $1.90 favourite. "We're very aware that some Sydney horses struggle at Caulfield for the first time but we'd already thought about that six weeks ago," Waller told AAP. "He's done a lot of galloping left-handed. This morning was just to give him a look at the lay-out of the track and get familiar with the place. He's a horse that doesn't worry about anything and that's a big attribute for him." However, Waller played down talk of The Autumn Sun clashing with stable-mate Winx in the Cox Plate should he win as expected on Saturday. "I don't believe he's fully mature yet and I don't like to overtax them in their three-year-old year," Waller said. "While he's very good I'd like to take on the best in the world when he's at his best."
Despite his inexperience, trainer Kris Lees has no doubt 3YO colt Graff has the talent to win the $13 million Everest (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday. Graff, who will become the first 3YO male to contest the world's richest turf race, has announced himself as an emerging star winning three of his five starts to date. The son of Star Witness kicked off his 3YO season with an explosive win in the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on 25 August, but it is his last-start third behind the outstanding The Autumn Sun in the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) that may be the best guide to his prospects. The Chris Waller-trained The Autumn Sun marked himself as arguably the second-best horse in Australia with his stunning win in the Golden Rose. If The Autumn Sun comes out and wins Saturday's Gr1 Caulfield Guineas as expected and then progresses to, and runs well in, the Cox Plate, the form lines around Graff will suddenly take on a whole new dimension. "It's a hard one to measure up. I think he's a very good horse and the one with the most upside in the race," Lees told racingnsw.com.au. "Where he meets some of these others I'm not sure but coming back from that tough 1400m in the Golden Rose he's fresh and well and I think he will give it a real shake." Lees added: "He just needs that right type of run to show that electric turn of foot he has with the 53kg."
Trainer Kris Lees has provided an update on the progress of top 3YO Graff who will represent slot-holders Max Whitby and Neil Werrett in Saturday week's Everest. Graff, who was last seen finishing third to outstanding colt The Autumn Sun in the Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) two weeks ago, will become the first 3YO male to contest the world's richest turf race. "I'm very happy with him," Lees told Sky Sports Radio. "I gave him an easy time after the last run. He just had a few days on the water walker and he seems to have freshened up well. He's back to his race weight, a touch over actually so he is well." Lees added: "He hasn't had a proper gallop yet but he will probably have one on Saturday morning."
The Kris Lees-trained Graff will run in the Everest after he was secured by slot-holders Max Whitby and Neil Werrett, reports racing.com. Graff, who has hitherto won 3 of his 5 starts including the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes, is coming off a gallant third behind outstanding colt The Autumn Sun in the Gr1 Golden Rose. He will become the first 3YO colt or gelding to contest the race. Owned by Alan Bell, Graff races in the same grey and red diagonal striped silks made famous by the likes of Grand Armee, Deep Field, Primacy and former champion sprinter, Schillaci. The $13 The Everest (1200m) will be run at at Royal Randwick on Saturday week (13 October).
On Friday evening at Moonee Valley in Melbourne, Yarraman Park's ill-fated Gr3-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when promising 3YO colt Leonardo Da Hinchi (Hinchinbrook-Portrait, by Octagonal) scored by 0.8-length for trainer Darren Weir in the $200,000 Gr2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) for 3YOs, defeating geldings Muswellbrook & Mark The Horse. Forced to do it the hard way after finding himself strung up in traffic after heads were turned for home, Leonardo Da Hinchi showed explosive acceleration once a gap appeared to win with authority. Leonardo Da Hinchi, who was a $100,000 purchase from the draft of Gervase Park Stud at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, is unquestionably one of the most exciting sophomore prospects in the country with his two prior starts producing placings behind rising star Brutal. His maiden black-type win advanced Leonardo Da Hinchi’s record to 3 wins & 2 placings (Listed Mitchell McKenzie Stakes & Listed Anter Luggage Plate) from 5 starts for $185,250 earnings. Weir said that Leonardo Da Hinchi will now be aimed at October’s Gr1 Caulfield Guineas where he will likely meet Sydney star The Autumn Sun in what is shaping as a magnificent renewal of the key Spring feature.
The Kris Lees-trained Graff will run in the Everest after he was secured by slot-holders Max Whitby and Neil Werrett, reports racing.com. Graff, who has hitherto has won 3 of his 5 starts including the Gr3 San Domenico Stakes, is coming off a gallant third behind outstanding colt The Autumn Sun in the Gr1 Golden Rose. He will become the first 3YO colt or gelding to contest the race. Owned by Alan Bell, Graff races in the same grey and red diagonal striped silks made famous by the likes of Grand Armee, Deep Field, Primacy and former champion sprinter, Schillaci. The $13 The Everest (1200m) will be run at at Royal Randwick on Saturday week (13 October).
Forty horses remain in contention for the Cox Plate following first acceptances on Tuesday. Among the contenders hoping to line up against Champion mare Winx in her bid for an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate triumph are five internationals, namely Cliffs Of Moher & Rostropovich from the Aidan O'Brien yard, and Benbatl, Emotionless & Blair House from Godolphin. Budding superstar colt and Gr1 Golden Rose winner The Autumn Sun as well as fellow 3YO and Gloaming Stakes winner Thinkin' Big, are also among the horses still in the running. The $5 million Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) will be run at Moonee Valley on 27 October. Click here to view first acceptances.
Champion mare Winx has arrived in Melbourne ahead of her date with destiny in next month's $5 million Gr1 Cox Plate. Winx, who will attempt to become the first horse in history to win four Cox Plates at Moonee Valley on 27 October, will be based at trainer Chris Waller's Flemington stables along with stable-mates The Autumn Sun, Invincibella, Youngstar and Another Dollar. Winx is set to have her final Cox Plate lead-up in the Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday week. "They will all have a relatively easy few days before we look to step up their workload at the end of the week in preparation for their next starts," Waller said of his stable string. "In reference to Winx, we plan to host a media morning next week." He added: "I am very pleased with the way she came through her last start and this was evident in a strong piece of work last Saturday at Rosehill. I could not have been happier with her condition and body language subsequent to this gallop."
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) celebrated an elite race success when outstanding 3YO Australian-bred colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice -Azmiyna, by Galileo) stamped himself as the best 3YO in Australia when storming home from an impossible position to score a brilliant win in the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating stable-mate Zousain & Graff. Remarkably, this was the second top-flight success for the lightly raced The Autumn Sun who must surely now have every 3YO spring feature at his mercy. Among those races is the Caulfield Guineas, where trainer Chris Waller says "he’ll be two lengths better when he gets to a mile". "I don't have to say too much. He's a very good horse as you saw," Waller told Sky Racing. "When the draw came out he was 11 of 11 so it wasn't going to be easy but I'd rather him there because I know how good he is and for him to finish off over the top of a good field it was pretty special." Waller added: "I thought the stable-mate [Zousain] was home but I think he might have been beaten by a pretty special one. His value has skyrocketed again today." Purchased for $700,000 by his trainer Chris Waller & Hermitage Thoroughbreds at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, The Autumn Sun is out of the unraced Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to the Aga Khan's ill-fated multiple Gr1 winner and former Brighthill Farm shuttler Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan). With a pedigree like that, he is without question the most valuable stud prospect in the country. The Autumn Sun extended his imposing record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 JJ Atkins Plate) and 1 placing (the Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes) from 5 starts for $1,113,021 in earnings.
The Autumn Sun became the 10th multiple Group 1 winner for his peerless sire Redoute’s Choice with a breath-taking finish in Saturday’s $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes (1400m). It was an appropriately high-class performance to mark the 50th Group 1 win on Redoute’s Choice’s remarkable 16-season record. The colt had all his rivals ahead of him at the 300-metre mark, and 100 metres later had caught only one of them, while up front his stable-mate Zousain made what looked like a winning break. Then Kerrin McEvoy swung The Autumn Sun wide, giving him the space he needed to storm home for an stunning last-to-first win defeating Zousain by a short neck with the favourite Graff a length away in third. Bred by Arrowfield’s joint venture with HH The Aga Khan, The Autumn Sun was purchased for $700,000 from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft by Hermitage Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller Racing, assisted by agent Guy Mulcaster. He is the second foal of the young Galileo mare Azmiyna, an unraced half-sister to European Champion Azamour. The Autumn Sun also became the 16th million-dollar earner by Redoute’s Choice.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the running of the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday. A field of 11 has been assembled for the 3YO set weight feature, with the Kris Lees-trained & Alan Bell-owned colt Graff the current TAB favourite at $3.50. Next in the market are the three Chris Waller stable-mates The Autumn Sun at $4.50, Lean Mean Machine at $6, and Zousain at $8. All other runners are at double figure odds. Zousain has passed a vet examination after recovering from an elevated temperature and will take his place in the race.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, former 3YO champion Australian sprinter and now Widden Stud stallion Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar-She's Meaner, by Falvelon) defied the track bias to storm home for an impressive first-up win in the $200,000 Gr2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) for 3YOs, defeating the unlucky Graff and Jonker. Lean Mean Machine, who was purchased for $250,000 by Aquis Farm, Raffles Racing & Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, advanced his record to 3 wins (including the Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic) from 6 starts for $332,544 in earnings. Lean Mean Machine will now head to the $1 million Gr1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on 22 September. “He's obviously a very good horse and as we saw with his father Zoustar, he came back as a three-year-old and went to a whole new level and it looks like this boy has done the same,” Waller told Sky Racing. Graff is currently the $4.60 TAB favourite for the Golden Rose ahead of stable-mates Lean Mean Machine and the The Autumn Sun at $8.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Tarka (All Too Hard-Gayika, by Galileo) opened his stakes account with a determined win in the $200,000 Gr2 Stan Fox Stakes (1500m) for 3YOs, defeating Dealmaker & the very unlucky favourite The Autumn Sun. A homebred for Kia Ora Stud, Tarka improved his record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 5 starts for $159,750 in earnings. Trainer David Payne said the well-bred Tarka will head towards the $500,000 Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Randwick on 6 October. “He keeps surprising us”, Payne told Sky Racing. “He's not very big, but he just keeps improving. I think the further he goes the better, so we'll look towards the Gloaming Stakes and Spring Champion Stakes.” Tarka is out of the Galileo mare Gayika, a full sister to champion filly and South African Horse of the Year Igugu.
Chris Waller expects high class colt Zousain to be a major player in the feature 3YO races in the spring. Waller has long held Zousain in high regard, comparing him favourably to his sire and former star 3YO Zoustar. The bay colt showed a glimpse of that potential when winning the Gr2 BRC Champagne Classic and finishing second to stable-mate The Autumn Sun in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Plate in the winter, and Waller expects him to graduate to the top level this time in. "If you've ever wondered what Zoustar looked like, have a look at Zousain because he's the spitting image of his sire," Waller told racenet. "I'm hoping he will make the same progress that his dad made because this is when Zoustar really came into his own." Zousain will resume against a quality field in the Gr2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday. "We think he's a really good colt and he's come back bigger and stronger," Waller said. "The natural progression we hoped we would see is there. Saturday is a good test for him, it's a good field and I'm happy with his draw. I think he's the real deal and he should run well."
Meanwhile, Chris Waller has identified the Caulfield Guineas as the most suitable spring target for talented 3YO Lean Mean Machine who resumes in the Gr2 The Run To The Rose (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday. "In my eyes he's always looked a real genuine Guineas type of three-year-old," Waller told racenet. "But obviously with the value of stallions you've got to try to win the sprint races as well so that's the path we've chosen." Waller added: "This race, the Golden Rose and all going to plan from a stallion prospective he could stay at the sprint distances but if not the Caulfield Guineas looks the logical race for him." Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar-She's Meaner, by Falvelon) won the Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes in Brisbane in the winter before finishing down the track behind stable-mates The Autumn Sun and Zousain in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Plate.
Champion mare Winx has tuned up for her next spring appearance by winning a 1000m jump-out at Randwick on Saturday. Winx trailed her stable-mates Foxplay, Patrick Erin and The Autumn Sun before letting down over the final 50 metres to run over the top of the trio. Regular rider Hugh Bowman was more than satisfied with the superstar's work-out. "She has certainly come on since her first up run and looking forward to two weeks’ time," Bowman told racingnsw.com.au. "Believe it or not, because I held her up and didn’t let her work into it like I would in a race she just didn’t go through her gears as well but you could see the last 50 metres she was using herself superbly and really stretching towards the winning post." Winx, who is being aimed at an unprecedented fourth Cox Plate victory in the spring, will have her next start in the $500,000 Group 1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on 15 September.
Blue-blooded colt More Sundays is likely to head to Sydney to mix it with the best 3YOs in the land in the stallion-making Gr1 Golden Rose at Rosehill on September 22, reports racenet.com.au. Following a scintillating debut win at Geelong on August 6, co-trainer David Hayes has mapped out an ambitious plan for the son of multiple Champion Sire Fastnet Rock and 8-time Gr1 winning mare More Joyous. Hayes elaborated, "He's going to Sydney to trial on the 20th of August and he's going to run on the first of September. I just think that he's a classy horse and he's owned by a Sydney businessman [John Singleton] that would enjoy it." He added, "It's a stallion-making race so it's worth having a go at." Hayes has earmarked a BM74 contest for More Sundays to kick-off his Golden Rose quest. He currently sits at around 30-1 in early markets behind nominal favourite and yet undefeated Redoute's Choice colt The Autumn Sun.
Following Tuesday’s confirmation of nominations for the 2018 Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m), market assessors have been hard at work to post early prices. While The Autumn Sun remains a popular favourite, the market is as wide open as the mouth of the Amazon River, with all runners quoted at double figure odds. Unsurprisingly, among the early fancies for October’s event is maiden Ooohood, triple Gr1-placed as a 2YO in the Blue Diamond, Golden Slipper and Sires Produce. Second favourite is Brutal, stunning winner of his only start by 5-lengths at Caulfield over 1200m. The only other entrants quoted at less than $26 are Good ‘n’ Fast, Miss Fabulass, Native Soldier, Outrageous, Perfomer, Smart Melody and Tony Nicconi. As is always the case there is a ton of water to flow downstream between now and post time.
Two of last season’s most precocious and talented juvenile fillies are a chance to contest this year’s Gr1 Caulfield Guineas, predominantly the enclave of the 3YO colts. The Tony McEvoy-trained Sunlight (Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner & Gr1 Golden Slipper-placed) and Mick Price-trained Seabrook (Gr1 Champagne Stakes) are among 267 entries received for one of Melbourne’s major Spring 3YO events. Early favourite for the event has been Redoute’s Choice colt The Autumn Sun who monstered his rivals in lst season’s Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes, however following nomination stage the market has been suspended. Previous recent entire winners of the Caulfield Guineas, generally considered a stallion-making event, include Mighty Boss, Divine Prophet, Press Statement, Shooting To Win, All Too Hard, Helmet, Anacheeva and Starspangledbanner.
Trainer Tim Martin will look to run blue blooded colt Danawi in Group company if he performs up to expectations in the Winter Racing Handicap (1200m) at Royal Randwick tomorrow. By world class sire Exceed And Excel out of dual Gr1 winning mare Secret Admirer (Dubawi), Danawi showed why Martin holds him in such high regard when running a cracking second on debut behind subsequent Gr1 JJ Atkins Stakes winner The Autumn Sun back in April. Since then, Martin has been circumspect about where he places the 3YO as he aims to qualify him for some of the feature 3YO races in the spring. Danawi is nominated for next month's Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m), and Martin has a plan in place to get him there. "If he can win it (Saturday's race) then he can go to the Up And Coming Stakes and if he doesn't, he's not good enough to go there," Martin told racingnsw.com.au. "It will be interesting to see how he lines up against them. I think he's good enough but you only find out by racing." The Group 3 Up And Coming Stakes (1300m) will be run at Randwick on 18 August.
TAB have released its first market for the $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose (1200m) for 3YOs to be run at Rosehill Gardens in Sydney on Saturday 22 September. Heading the market at $6 is boom colt The Autumn Sun who is unbeaten after rounding out his juvenile season with an impressive win in the Group 1 JJ Atkins Plate (1600m) in Brisbane. The Chris Waller-trained colt is followed by his stable-mate Performer and Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By at $11, while Golden Slipper winner Estijaab is rated a $15 chance.
We're now open on @rosehillgarden's richest spring feature the Golden Rose where undefeated colt The Autumn Sun heads the market.— TAB (@tabcomau) 27 June 2018
Performer & Written By are on the next line ahead of the Golden Slipper top 3 and today's winner Smart Melody.
Eight days after unbeaten juvenile The Autumn Sun became his 33rd lifetime Group 1 winner, Arrowfield's Redoute’s Choice added a new stakes winner from the first of his two European-conceived crops when Wajnah landed the Listed Prix Urban Sea (2000m) at Le Lion-d’Angers in Western France on Sunday. Trained by her co-breeder Francois Rohaut, Wajnah had shown enough ability earlier in her career to be sent around in the Group 1 French 1,000 Guineas, where she finished a decent fourth before unplaced finishes over longer distances in Group 3 company. Wajnah was bred by Rohaut and Haras de Saint Pair which offered her at the 2015 Arqana October Sale where she was sold for €260,000 to Mandore International acting for owners Al Shaqab Racing. She is the third stakes winner out of three-time winner Benzolina (by Second Empire), from the family of Group 1 winners Balbonella and her brilliant son Anabaa. Benzolina has a 2YO filly by Siyouni and a yearling filly by Olympic Glory. Haras de Saint Pair also played a part in the history of Redoute’s Choice’s 3YO daughter Lady Athena, who put up a fine effort for sixth in Sunday’s €1 million Group 1 Chantilly Prix de Diane (French Oaks). Worldwide during the 2017/18 Southern Hemisphere season, Redoute’s Choice has been represented by 14 stakes winners of 15 Group & Listed Races. His career tally now stands at 159 stakes winners, or just over 12 per cent of all his runners.
Australian first season 2YO sire Zoustar will stand at Tweenhills Stud in Gloucestershire for the 2019 breeding season. Currently residing at Widden Stud in the NSW Hunter Valley, Zoustar will shuttle to the UK next season where he will join the Qatar Racing stallion roster. European breeders will have access to one of the most promising young stallions in the southern hemisphere. The former champion Australian 3YO sprinter has made a sensational start to his stud career, siring three Group 2 winners in his first crop. These include Sunlight, the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and Silver Slipper Gr2 winner, who was also placed in the Gr1 Golden Slipper. Zoustar also sired the quinella in the Gr2 Sires' Produce Stakes Gr2 at Doomben with his sons Lean Mean Machine and Zousain. Zousain subsequently went on to finish runner-up to stable-mate The Autumn Sun in the Gr1 JJ Atkins Plate over 1600m. With his progeny collecting over $3 million in prize money earnings to date, the handsome son of Northern Meteor has broken the all-time prize money record for an Australasian Champion first season sire and currently sits in 3rd spot on the 2YO table behind Snitzel and I Am Invincible. Zoustar's northern hemisphere career will be officially launched at the Goffs London Sale on Monday 18 June where he was paraded at its first sale in 2014. In Australia, Zoustar stood seasons 1 and 3 at Widden Stud, and seasons 2 and 4 at Woodside Park. He will cover a limited northern hemisphere book and his fee will be announced at a later date.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) celebrated an elite race success when untapped 3YO Australian-bred colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice -Azmiyna, by Galileo) showed why his trainer Chris Waller holds him in such high regard when bounding to a narrow but decisive win in the $600,000 Gr1 J.J. Atkins Plate (1600m) for 2YOs, defeating stable-mate Zousain & Fundamentalist. Waller, who was celebrating his third JJ Atkins win, said both The Autumn Sun and Zousain would be spelled and aimed at the Melbourne carnival in the Spring. "This was only his third start and to see him win like that shows just how smart he is," Waller told Racing Queensland. "They'll both go for a break now and get ready for the spring. Zousain will be kept for shorter races while The Autumn Sun looks a real Caulfield Guineas horse." Purchased for $700,000 by Waller & Hermitage Thoroughbreds at the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Arrowfield Stud, The Autumn Sun is out of the unraced Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to the Aga Khan's ill-fated multiple Gr1 winner and former Brighthill Farm shuttler Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan). The Autumn Sun extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins from 3 starts for $491,971 in earnings.
Eighteen years into his extraordinary stud career, Redoute's Choice has little to prove, but he demonstrated yet again the permanence of his class when boom colt The Autumn Sun overcame a testing run to win the $600,000 Group 1 BRC J.J. Atkins Plate (1600m) at Doomben. Trainer Chris Waller said of the unbeaten colt: "It was only his third race start and just to see him dig so deep and pull away from the third and fourth horses, it showed how smart he is. Only certain people and horses can take that step so quick and excel." Waller said the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas, won by Redoute's Choice himself in 1999, will be the colt's major Spring target. The Autumn Sun is stakes winner No. 158 for Redoute's Choice, his 33rd Group 1 winner, 38th 2YO stakes winner and his 9th Group 1 winner at two. The three-time Champion Sire has posted at least one Group 1 winner every season since 2004/05 and his lifetime stakes winners to runners strike rate is just over 12%. Bred by the partnership of the Aga Khan Studs & Arrowfield, The Autumn Sun is out of the beautifully bred Galileo mare Azmiyna, an unraced half-sister of European champion and four-time Group 1 winner Azamour. The colt was offered alongside Golden Slipper winner Estijaab in the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale and bought for $700,000 by Waller, agent Guy Mulcaster & owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds.
Thirty horses have been listed in the first acceptances for the $1.5 Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap. Group 1 Kingsford-Smith Cup winner and defending champion Impending is set to carry the top weight with 57.5kg. Group 1 Goodwood winner Santa Ana Lane has also accepted, alongside Group 3 Fred Best Classic winner Perast. Chris Waller could dominate both the Queensland Derby (for 3YOs) and JJ Atkins Plate (for 2YOs) with multiple runners among the first acceptors for both Group 1s. Waller is considering running Queensland Oaks winner Youngstar against the boys in the Derby, while in the JJ Atkins he is likely to start Zousain, The Autumn Sun and impressive Dalrello Stakes winner, Lean Mean Machine. Click here to view first acceptances.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, former 3YO champion Australian sprinter and now Widden Stud stallion Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) added a Group race quinella when 2YO Australian-bred colt Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar-She's Meaner, by Falvelon) obtained an inside run and finished far too strongly for his rivals to claim his maiden stakes win in the $250,000 Gr2 BRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1350m) for 2YOs, defeating stable-mate Zousain & Boomsara. Lean Mean Machine, who is part-owned by a syndicate including Raffles Thoroughbred Racing & Aquis Farm, was purchased for $250,000 by Aquis Farm, Raffles Racing & Blue Sky Bloodstock at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. The promising colt improved his record to 2 wins and 2 placings (including the Gr3 Ken Russell Memorial Classic) from 4 starts for $221,194 in earnings. Lean Mean Machine will now chase Group 1 honours in the JJ Atkins Plate (1600m) at Doomben on 9 June. "Lean Mean Machine is a very good horse," trainer Chris Waller told Sky Racing. "He had no luck at the Gold Coast at his previous start and I told Corey [Brown] to ride him like he was the best horse and go straight back from his bad barrier today." Waller plans to also run runner-up Zousain and unbeaten Sydney colt The Autumn Sun in the Atkins.