View the 2019 Arrowfield Stallions

Arrowfield is proud to present 11 stallions on our 2019 roster, headed by three-time Champion Sire Snitzel & leading sire Not A Single Doubt and introducing The Autumn Sun, Real Steel & Showtime.

View the 2019 Arrowfield Stallions brochure here:

Norzita confirmed for The Autumn Sun

Champion 3YO Filly Norzita, purchased for $1.7 million by Freyer Bloodstock for Arrowfield at last Friday’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, has been confirmed for The Autumn Sun’s 2019 book…

Champion 3YO Filly Norzita (Thorn Park-Visique by Quest For Fame), purchased for $1.7 million by Freyer Bloodstock for Arrowfield at last Friday’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, has been confirmed for The Autumn Sun’s 2019 book.

The two-time Group 1 winner is due to foal to Snitzel in August and was offered by Lime Country Thoroughbreds on behalf of the late Dato Tan Chin Nam’s Think Big Stud.

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “Norzita is an absolute queen, a magnificent individual with an elite race record and an outstanding match in every way for The Autumn Sun.”

An unbeaten Group 1 winner at two, The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) is the only horse to sweep the Golden Rose and Caulfield, Randwick & Rosehill Guineas.

The Autumn Sun was named this season’s Champion 3YO Colt at the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s Awards Dinner held on Wednesday evening in Scone. He stands his first season at Arrowfield at a fee of $77,000 inc. GST.

Arrowfield announces 2019 Stallion Roster & Fees

Arrowfield Stud has announced its 2019 roster including three new stallions and a new fee for exciting young sire Dundeel…

Arrowfield Stud today announced its 2019 roster of 11 stallions headed by Champion Sire Snitzel, whose fee is unchanged at $220,000 inc. GST.

Now with a $6.5 million lead in his bid for a third consecutive Australian Sires’ Premiership, Snitzel continues to achieve exceptional sale-ring returns for breeders, with total yearling sales in the past three years of more than $100 million, including this year’s $2.8 million Inglis Easter sale-topping colt out of Ichihara.

Arrowfield’s Chairman John Messara says, “We are delighted with the racecourse and sale-ring results achieved for breeders, vendors, owners and trainers by Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt and Dundeel over the past 12 months.

“However, we are always mindful of the risks and additional costs of breeding and the highly competitive marketplace we work in, and that shapes our approach to setting fees.”

Messara adds, “This is a pivotal year for us, the first time in two decades that Redoute’s Choice is absent from our roster, and we look back with profound gratitude for all that he contributed to Arrowfield and the industry.

“Our 2019 roster is very much his legacy, with five of his sons and a grandson, and five other outstanding young stallions that 20 years ago even I could not have imagined we would stand at Arrowfield. Collectively, they give us 11 very good reasons to be confident and excited about the future.”

Not A Single Doubt will stand at a fee of $110,000 inc. GST. He has furthered his record as a sire of high-class and versatile performers with 12 stakeswinners in 2018/19, including his ninth Group 1 winner Kenedna. His progeny are keenly sought by buyers who recently paid a career-high average of $528,000 for his 15 Inglis Easter yearlings, among them two million-dollar colts.

Dundeel has stamped himself a potential champion sire in a breakout season of seven stakeswinners from his first 72 runners, including Group 1-winning 2YOs Castelvecchio & Yourdeel, and 3YO Atyaab. The market’s opinion of Dundeel is already clear with a $309,000 average price at Inglis Easter and a top price of $525,000 paid for the Lady Moura filly. Dundeel’s fee is set at $66,000 inc. GST.

Sensational 5-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) heads a trio of new sires at Arrowfield this year. An unbeaten Group 1 winner at two, The Autumn Sun is the only 3YO to win the Golden Rose and the Caulfield, Randwick & Rosehill Guineas. He will stand his first season at $77,000 inc. GST.

Also joining the Arrowfield roster is Group 1 winner Real Steel (Deep Impact-Loves Only Me by Storm Cat), a descendant of Champion racemare & blue hen Miesque, also the ancestress of Danehill’s Champion 2YO daughter Rumpelstiltskin, Champion Sire Kingmambo and Champion 3YO Filly Alpha Centauri. A debut winner at two, Real Steel capped a stellar career in Japan with his Meydan Dubai Turf G1 victory on World Cup night in 2016. He is currently serving his first book at Shadai Stallion Station and is offered to Australian breeders at a first-season fee of $16,500 inc. GST.

Arrowfield’s third newcomer is, like The Autumn Sun and Flying Spur, Danzero, Not A Single Doubt, Beneteau & Pariah before them, returning home to begin his stallion career. Showtime (Snitzel-Flidais by Timber Country), a full brother to Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, was sold by Arrowfield for $1.1 million at the 2016 Magic Millions Sale and trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes to race in the best company at two and three. Twice successful in Melbourne at Group 2 level including a defeat of Group 1 winners Hartnell, Grunt & Black Heart Bart in the weight-for-age MRC P.B. Lawrence S. G2 (formerly J.J. Liston S.), Showtime was also placed in the ATC All Aged S. G1 and MRC Futurity S. G1. He will stand his first season at $11,000 inc. GST.

The first yearlings by the Group-winning sprinter Scissor Kick (by Redoute’s Choice) have been purchased for up to $150,000 this season by trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, Bjorn Baker, Paul Perry & Kim Waugh, syndicators Champion Thoroughbreds, Triple Crown Syndications, Proven Thoroughbreds, Dalziel Racing & Blueblood Thoroughbreds and agents John Foote & Ric Wylie. Scissor Kick’s fourth season fee is $11,000 inc. GST.

Shalaa, Maurice & Mikki Isle all return to Arrowfield this year, and their first Australian yearlings will be offered for sale in 2020.

The fee for Invincible Spirit’s brilliant dual Group 1-winning son Shalaa remains at $33,000 inc. GST, while six-time Group 1 winner and Japanese Horse of the Year Maurice (by Screen Hero) stands at $27,500 inc. GST and Champion Sprinter-Miler Mikki Isle (by Deep Impact) is again offered at $13,750 inc. GST.

Group-winning 2YO & 3YO Pariah (by Redoute’s Choice) served a full book of quality mares in his first season and remains at a fee of $22,000 inc. GST.

Real Impact rests after serving his fourth book of mares in Japan. His first Australian yearlings have sold this year for up to $240,000 and their trainers include Paul Perry, Matthew Smith, Brad Widdup, Peter & Paul Snowden, Robert & Luke Price, Clarry Conners and Neville Parnham. Olympic Glory, sire of 21 first-crop 2YO winners in Europe last year, will not shuttle to Arrowfield in 2019.

The 2019 Arrowfield Stallion Roster is:

SNITZEL
Redoute’s Choice-Snippets’ Lass

$220,000*

NOT A SINGLE DOUBT
Redoute’s Choice-Singles Bar

$110,000*

THE AUTUMN SUN – New
Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna

$77,000

DUNDEEL (NZ)
High Chaparral-Stareel

$66,000

SHALAA (IRE)
Invincible Spirit-Ghurra

$33,000

MAURICE (JPN) 
Screen Hero-Mejiro Frances

$27,500

PARIAH
Redoute’s Choice-Secluded

$22,000

REAL STEEL (JPN) – New
Deep Impact-Loves Only Me

$16,500

MIKKI ISLE (JPN)
Deep Impact-Star Isle

$13,750

SCISSOR KICK
Redoute’s Choice-Back Pass

$11,000

SHOWTIME – New
Snitzel-Flidais

$11,000

All Fees inc. GST.
* = Live Foal Terms

 

The Autumn Sun joins the Arrowfield roster

Sensational colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) has retired from racing and will join the Arrowfield Stud roster for the 2019 season…

Sensational colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna by Galileo) has retired from racing and will join the Arrowfield Stud roster for the 2019 season.

The Autumn Sun’s owners Hermitage Thoroughbreds and Arrowfield met this week to consider the options for the five-time Group 1 winner. After extensive discussions, the opportunity to return the colt to his spiritual home and fill the gap left by the death of Redoute’s Choice proved too compelling.

Arrowfield’s John Messara says, “We backed Redoute’s Choice as a sire of sires early in his career, we stand Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt, and Beneteau was also highly successful for us. That history makes the best colt by Redoute’s Choice an irresistible prospect.”

After his debut 2YO win over 1200 metres in class record time, The Autumn Sun progressed rapidly to compile five Group 1 victories from 1400 to 2000 metres over a nine-month period, including the BRC JJ Atkins S. at two. The only horse to win the Caulfield, Randwick & Rosehill Guineas, he retires to stud with 8 wins and $3.4 million prizemoney from nine starts.
 
John Messara adds, “The quality of The Autumn Sun’s race record also reflects the skill and dedication of trainer Chris Waller and his team, and we’re very grateful for their care and management of him.”

A joint venture has been established between Hermitage and Arrowfield to acquire mares specifically for The Autumn Sun. These mares will be additional to those already committed by Arrowfield for his first book.

The Autumn Sun will stand his first season at Arrowfield at a fee of $77,000 inc. GST.

The Sun shines where Greatness is found

In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to discover greatness simply irresistible….

In the past 12 months, three exceptional Arrowfield graduates of the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale have made the Stud’s 2019 invitation to discover greatness simply irresistible.

Sensational colt The Autumn Sun, bought for $700,000, emulated his sire Redoute’s Choice and champion Pierro by winning three Group 1 races in his first six starts. He then stepped past those two great colts to add two more: an out-of-this-world Randwick Guineas victory, followed by the Rosehill Guineas on 23 March.

The 2018 Golden Slipper G1 was won by the $1.7 million filly Estijaab (by Snitzel), who played catch-me-if-you-can with a quality field to win one of the world’s most coveted juvenile trophies, and claim Champion 2YO honours. 

Australia Day this year brought victory in South Africa by Dundeel’s Arrowfield-bred son Atyaab. Bought for $260,000, he won the Kenilworth Cape Derby G1 at his 7th start for Sheikh Hamdan.

Inglis Easter results show that the Messara family’s Hunter Valley farm has sent 9 Group 1 winners to the Sale over the past five years.

That’s a third of all the Group 1 winners offered at the 2014-18 Easter Sales.

Add the other eight Group & Listed winners Arrowfield has sold at Inglis Easter in that period, and the farm’s strike rate is almost twice the figure achieved across the entire Sale.

The Stud’s 52-lot 2019 Inglis Easter draft is anchored by the late, great, fair dinkum legend Redoute’s Choice, his sons the record-breaking Champion Sire Snitzel and super-versatile top 10 sire Not A Single Doubt, and major-sire-in-the-making Dundeel. That’s top-drawer stallion power in anyone’s language. 

John & Paul Messara and their bloodstock team pay just as much attention to the other side of the breeding equation. That’s why the dams of Arrowfield’s Easter yearlings include six Group 1 winners and 11 other Group & Listed winners.  

Buyers will also find siblings to The Autumn Sun, Dundeel, Hong Kong star Contentment, Japanese Group 1 winner Aerolithe and a dozen other stakeswinners.

And, quite likely, their own slice of greatness.

Arrowfield welcomes buyers, clients & guests to the Big Barn, Barn B and our Pavilion, where delicious breakfast & lunch, cold drinks & award-winning Art of Espresso coffee  are served from Tuesday 2 April. 

Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer casts his eye over Arrowfield’s 2019 Inglis Easter draft to highlight eight yearlings:

LOT 38 Deep Impact-Grito colt

LOT 100 Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly

LOT 102 Dundeel-Lunaspur colt

LOT 169 Not A Single Doubt-Panorama Ridge colt

LOT 315 Redoute's Choice-Traceability colt

LOT 320 Dundeel-Tuusula filly

LOT 338 Snitzel-You're So Good filly

LOT 369 Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt

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Lot 38 – Deep Impact-Grito colt
Dam is a Redoute’s Choice half-sister to Champion Sprinter Yell, family of Holler & Anthems.
“A handsome colt with scope, he has the shoulder of a really top horse and a terrific walk.”  

Lot 100 – Snitzel-Lucky Raquie filly
Stakes-winning dam is from the family of Redoute’s Choice and Shoals.
“A medium-sized, quality filly, with a very attractive head, a great walk and real presence.” 

Lot 102 – Dundeel-Lunaspur colt
Half-brother to GW & producer Colorado Claire from the family of Group 1 winners Soqrat & Lucky Bubbles.
“Big, powerful colt with plenty of bone, scope and excellent natural muscle. All over a Guineas/ Derby colt.”

Lot 169 – Not A Single Doubt – Panorama Ridge colt
Half-brother to SW Sassy ‘N’ Smart & grandson of French Group 1 winner Nebraska Tornado.
“He’s stunning, neatly made, very powerful and early-looking. A real Breeders’ Plate type.”

Lot 315 – Redoute’s Choice-Traceability colt
Three-quarter brother to G1 winner Master Of Design & SW Traces from the Princess Tracy family.
“A beautifully balanced, medium-sized quality colt. Very good mover with a lovely front and a big hindquarter.”

Lot 320 – Dundeel-Tuusula filly
From a daughter of Champion & G1 producer Miss Finland.
“Classy, imposing filly with a magnificent walk who really uses herself beautifully, a definite Oaks filly.”

Lot 338 – Snitzel-You’re So Good filly
Dam is a G1-placed stakeswinner, family of G1 Melito and dual Group winner Pariah.
“Glorious, big strong filly. Similar type to Estijaab, great presence and an impressive powerful walk”

Lot 369 – Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt
Three-quarter brother to The Autumn Sun from the family of European Champion Azamour.
“Medium-sized colt with an appealing head and eye, a good shoulder and an easy walk.”

The Autumn Sun triumphs in Rosehill Guineas

Glamour colt The Autumn Sun became the warrior prince with a gritty victory in the ATC Rosehill Guineas G1, his fifth Group 1 success…

In the series of escalating tests that comprise the 3YO Classic program there is sometimes a moment when the season’s glamour colt becomes the warrior prince.

Redoute’s Choice’s heroic drive past Testa Rossa in the final metres of the  1999 Caulfield Guineas is one example.

For The Autumn Sun that test arrived in Saturday’s $600,000 ATC Rosehill Guineas G1 where his status as odds-on favourite, racing at his home course, obscured the serious challenge of the Heavy8 track conditions and his first attempt at 2000 metres.

Plus an uncompromising Kiwi-bred colt named Arrogant who joined The Autumn Sun as their rivals receded, leaving the pair to fight out the final 300 metres.

The Autumn Sun had to draw on all his class and courage to secure his fifth Group 1 victory, and secure it he did, by the same 0.2 length margin that separated his champion sire and Testa Rossa  almost two decades ago.

Watch The Autumn Sun win the ATC Rosehill Guineas G1.

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy  confirmed the quality of The Autumn Sun’s performance. “He showed an enormous amount of grit because he wasn’t really liking that ground, it’s a real heavy track, and he has proved to me today that he prefers a nicer surface.”

“He’s a real gritty colt and his record suggests that. He toughed it out at 2000 metres, his first try at the trip, and he toughed it out really well.”

The Autumn Sun has now won eight of his 9 starts, five at Group level including the Caulfield, Randwick & Rosehill Guineas, which ranks him among the very best of Arrowfield’s Group 1 sale graduates, alongside Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler (7 Group 1 wins), Champion 2YO & 3YO Filly Miss Finland (5) and Champion 3YO Danewin (5). 

A number of outstanding 3YOs including Tulloch, Imagele, Spirit Of Kingston, Octagonal, Weekend Hussler & Dundeel have won two of the three principal Guineas races, but The Autumn Sun is the first horse to win all three since the Canterbury (now Randwick) Guineas was introduced in 1935. 

The Autumn Sun, Miss Finland & the gelding Lankan Rupee, each with five Group 1 successes, head the list of Redoute’s Choice’s 34 Group 1 winners.

Bred by Arrowfield and HH the Aga Khan’s Studs, The Autumn Sun is the second foal of Azmiyna (by Galileo) and was purchased for $700,000 by Hermitage Thoroughbreds, Chris Waller Racing & Guy Mulcaster Bloodstock at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale. 

Arrowfield sold two other Group 1 winners, Champion 2YO Estijaab and Cape Derby winner Atyaab, at that Sale and offered nine of the 27 Group 1-winning Inglis Easter graduates since 2014.

Lot 369 at the 2019 Inglis Easter Sale is the Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt, three-quarter brother to The Autumn Sun. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

The Waller & Mulcaster team also bought The Autumn Sun’s three-quarter sister by Snitzel for $1.3 million at Inglis Easter 2018, and the Not A Single Doubt-Azmiyna colt is Lot 369 in this year’s catalogue. Azmiyna delivered a Snitzel colt last October, before returning to Europe via Japan where she has a date with supersire Deep Impact.

As for Redoute’s Choice, he is now 4th on the General Sires’ premiership with $7.6 million prizemoney and has 20 yearlings on offer at Inglis Easter next month. They include 7 colts and 4 fillies in the Arrowfield consignment

The Autumn Sun answers the call to greatness

The Autumn Sun delivered an astonishing performance to secure his fourth Group 1 victory in Saturday’s $1 million ATC Randwick Guineas…

With three Group 1 victories, a Group 2 success and only one defeat in his first 7 starts, The Autumn Sun had already established himself as the season’s best 3YO colt. 
 
Saturday’s $1 million ATC Randwick Guineas 1600m G1 appeared to be at his mercy, but racing is never that predictable. 

When Miss Fabulass shot forward to take up the lead and  ran a mid-race 600 metres in a breath over 33 seconds, The Autumn Sun was suddenly faced with a near-impossible task.

Rounding the turn, Miss Fabulass was pressured by Not A Single Doubt’s classy daughter Fundamentalist and Vegadaze, as Kerrin McEvoy peeled out four-wide and many lengths back on The Autumn Sun to launch what looked like a forlorn challenge. 

Fundamentalist took the lead 350 metres out, attended by Vegadaze, with Surround Stakes G1 winner Nakeeta Jane 3 lengths away and The Autumn Sun 3 lengths behind her. 

At the 200-metre mark Fundamentalist, a 4-time Group 1 bridesmaid, was taking no prisoners and, although The Autumn Sun was about to hit top speed of 66 km/hour, his chance of victory remained slim.

It was perhaps only 70 metres from the post that the colt’s raking stride and exceptional finishing speed finally made success certain, although it took another 60 metres to best the filly by a long head and stop the clock at 1:33.72.

The Autumn Sun ran his last 600 metres in 33:94 seconds – marginally faster than Winx’s 34:09 last 600m in the Chipping Norton S. G1, also on a Good4 track over the same distance at Randwick on 2 March.

World Horse Racing @WHR on Twitter summarised the statistical highlights of The Autumn Sun’s performance:

33m behind the lead
10m behind 150m out
22.52s last 400m
11.01s fastest 200m
THE AUTUMN SUN is special

Arrowfield’s John Messara  concurred, describing The Autumn Sun’s performance as “the best thing I’ve ever seen on a racecourse” and, for the first time, declared him a champion. 

The Autumn Sun represents everything that Arrowfield has worked to achieve and create over the past 35 years. Bred by Arrowfield’s joint venture with HH The Aga Khan, he is the best racing son of supersire Redoute’s Choice, while his dam Azmiyna is a Galileo half-sister to  European Champion Azamour.

The Autumn Sun is a member of Arrowfield’s outstanding Yearling Class of 2017 and was purchased from the Inglis Easter Sale for $700,000 by Chris Waller Racing, Hermitage Thoroughbreds & Mulcaster Bloodstock. Arrowfield acquired a 50 per cent interest in the colt last October, before his 4.5 length Caulfield Guineas G1 win.

Arrowfield also co-bred and sold the only other horse to complete the Caulfield & Randwick Guineas double – Australian Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, in 2007/08.

The Stud, which has sent 9 Group 1 winners to Inglis Easter since 2014, will offer The Autumn Sun’s three-quarter brother by Not A Single Doubt from Azmiyna as Lot 369 at next month’s Inglis Easter auction. 

Arrowfield’s Class of 2017: no Editing needed

Arrowfield’s imposing yearling graduate record sets a high bar for the Class of 2017, but already they have shown themselves to be an exceptional group of horses…

Arrowfield’s imposing yearling graduate record sets a high bar for the Class of 2017, but already they have shown themselves to be an exceptional group of horses. 

The past week alone added four new performances to their record, starting with Katsumi Yoshida’s 3YO Camelot filly Re Edit, a strong debut winner from the Chris Waller stable at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Kris Lees has an impeccable record with Dundeel’s progeny, sending out four runners for four winners of 7 races, including the filly Dundee Lee (ex Choice Blend), who posted her second win on Friday.

Two more successes followed at the weekend, by Perfect Match (Not A Single Doubt) for Danny Shum in Hong Kong, and Irving Lipschitz (Animal Kingdom) for Lee Freedman in Singapore.

The talent that has emerged so far from this Arrowfield cohort is headed by a superlative trio of Group 1 winners: JJ Atkins, Golden Rose & Caulfield Guineas superstar The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice), Champion 2YO and Golden Slipper heroine Estijaab (Snitzel) and Spring Champion Stakes winner Maid Of Heaven (Smart Missile).

Listed winners Wild Planet (also Group-placed) and Diplomatico (Snitzel) are capable of boosting their records in the Autumn, along with 7 other stakes performers including Star Thoroughbreds’ colt Dealmaker (Dundeel), twice Group-placed in Sydney during the Spring. 

ARROWFIELD’S YEARLING CLASS OF 2017

Triple G1 winner THE AUTUMN SUN (Redoute's Choice-Azmiyna)
B: $700,000, Hermitage, Waller & Mulcaster T: Chris Waller

Champion 2YO ESTIJAAB (Snitzel-Response)
B: $1.7 million, Emirates Park & Bryan Carlson T: Hawkes Racing

G1 winner MAID OF HEAVEN (Smart Missile-St. Therese)
B: $60,000, Dean Hawthorne T: Mark Newnham

Listed winner DIPLOMATICO (Snitzel-Top Cuban)
B: $1.7 million, George Moore Bloodstock T: Hawkes Racing

Listed winner WILD PLANET (Animal Kingdom-Salutations)
B: $280,000, Hawkes Racing & Andrew Williams B/s T: Hawkes Racing

Group-placed Dealmaker (Dundeel-Sport Chic)
B: $160,000, Star Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller T: Chris Waller

Hong Kong winner Perfect Match (Not A Single Doubt-Modave)
B: $130,000, Chris McAnulty T: Danny Shum

Singapore winner Irving Lipschitz (Animal Kingdom-Intimation)
B: $50,000, Woodpark Stud T: Lee Freedman

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Arrowfield’s 2019 Magic Millions draft includes siblings to four of the 12 stakes performers from the Stud’s 2017 yearlings:

Lot 63: Snitzel-Response filly – sister to ESTIJAAB
Lot 89:  Dundeel-Salutations filly
– half-sister to WILD PLANET
Lot 171: Real Impact-Sport Chic colt
– half-brother to Dealmaker
Lot 447: Redoute’s Choice-Champagne Run filly
– half-sister to G3-placed winner Cristal Eyes

Other recent winners to watch from Arrowfield’s 2017 offering include Nordicus (Dundeel) in Sydney, Kaplumpich (All American) & VRC Oaks G1 4th Maracaibo (Redoute’s Choice) in Melbourne, Princess Amelie (Snitzel) in New Zealand, Al’s Kingdom (Animal Kingdom) in Brisbane, Yankee Eyes (All American) in Adelaide and a pair of up-and-comers: Skyray (Smart Missile) & Valario (Not A Single Doubt), both two-from-three this season.

The Autumn Sun blazes in Guineas victory

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. Now The Autumn Sun has joined that exclusive club with a glorious victory in the $2 million MRC Caulfield Guineas G1…

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 Sire of Australia, 2007 and Redoute’s Choice – Champion Sire of Australia, 2006, 2010 & 2014.

On Saturday the colt Arrowfield bought into earlier this week, The Autumn Sun joined that exclusive club with a glorious victory in the $2 million MRC Caulfield Guineas 1600m G1.

That followed his successes in last season’s J.J. Atkins S. G1 and last month’s Golden Rose S. G1.

Only Champion 2YO and Champion 3YO Filly Miss Finland, and Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee, with five Group 1 wins apiece, now rank ahead of him on the Redoute’s Choice honour roll. 

The race didn’t go to plan for The Autumn Sun who jumped more sharply than jockey James McDonald expected and ended up racing three wide without cover for much of the race. 

It mattered little to the colt who took control at the top of the straight and powered away from Vassilator and last-start Group 1 winner Oohood to score by 4.5 lengths, giving McDonald time to savour the victory.

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.

“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 was purchased for $700,000 from the Stud’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft by Hermitage Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller Racing, assisted by agent Guy Mulcaster. After five wins from six starts, his earnings now exceed $2.3 million. 

The Autumn Sun is the second foal of the young Galileo mare Azmiyna, an unraced half-sister to European Champion Azamour & Group 2 winner Arazan, from Listed winner Asmara.

His three-quarter sister by Snitzel was secured for $1.3 million by the same Hermitage/Waller/Mulcaster team at this year’s Easter Sale. Azmiyna has a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt and is due to foal again to Snitzel this Spring. 

Arrowfield buys into The Autumn Sun

Arrowfield joins the ownership of top colt The Autumn Sun, unbeaten Group 1 winner at two, and already an outstanding winner of the Golden Rose G1 this Spring…

Arrowfield Stud principal John Messara, AM has today announced the acquisition of a 50 per cent interest in Australia’s top colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice-Azmiyna) from owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds.

He says, “I am very pleased to join Hermitage in the ownership of The Autumn Sun to race him and then develop his breeding career.

“It just seems Arrowfield is the rightful place for this colt’s future at stud – after all, we bred and sold him in partnership with The Aga Khan Studs, and we launched and stand his champion sire and, previously, his grand-sire Danehill.”

“He has physique, athleticism and pedigree, all of the highest order, and I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of standing him at Arrowfield.”

John Messara also assumes responsibility for managing The Autumn Sun’s racing career.

Trainer Chris Waller says, “This horse has amazing potential and I feel we have unearthed only a small portion of what is to come.

“His athleticism, temperament, good looks and speed combine to create a horse that dominated at two and now into his three-year-old season, and I have no doubt this will continue as a later three-year-old and beyond.” 

“I have been fortunate to work with some very good horses and that experience has allowed me to place The Autumn Sun with confidence in the races that we have chosen thus far. He leaves a lasting memory for those privileged to watch him race and I am sure this will transition to his progeny when the time comes to embark on his stud career.”

The Autumn Sun is out of the Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to His Highness The Aga Khan’s European Champion and four-time Group 1 winner Azamour.  Selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock from Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft, the colt was purchased for $700,000 by Hermitage Thoroughbreds & Chris Waller Racing.

The Autumn Sun has already made a significant impact on Australian racing with four wins from only five starts, two of them at Group 1 level. Unbeaten at two when his three wins included the BRC JJ Atkins S. G1, The Autumn Sun confirmed his class with a breath-taking victory in last month’s ATC Golden Rose S. G1.

Currently rated Australia’s best 3YO by Timeform, he is the dominant pre-post favourite for this Saturday’s $2 million MRC Caulfield Guineas G1.