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Superb first book to launch The Autumn Sun

There are plenty of reasons to be confident that in 2023 The Autumn Sun will generate the same excitement that flowed through his championship race career...

The Autumn Sun’s first foals will be delivered in 2020 by an outstanding book of mares, including 41 stakeswinners, 14 of them Group 1 performers. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Superb first book to launch The Autumn Sun

Every stage & aspect of a stallion’s career matters, but none is quite as important as his first crop of foals. 

When breeders contemplate using a second-season sire, they need to know he  will have a strong launch in the yearling market-place and a great chance of getting early runners.

Unbeaten in three starts at 2, The Autumn Sun won the BRC J.J. Atkins S. G1 at only his 3rd start. (PHOTO: Mark Gatt)

As the best racing colt by pre-eminent sire of sires Redoute’s Choice, and a supremely athletic individual, The Autumn Sun offers plenty of assurance that his first-crop foals will do the job in the ring and on the track.

An analysis of the 117 mares currently in foal to him increases confidence that in 2023 The Autumn Sun will be generating the same level of excitement that flowed through his Group 1 2YO & 3YO racing career.

The dams of his first foals arriving this Spring include 41 stakeswinners & 15 other stakes performers. Fourteen are Group 1 performers, among them Tuesday Joy, Norzita, Serious Speed, Egg Tart, Pinot, Brazilian Pulse, Rollout the Carpet & Valley Girl.

Eighteen dams are 2YO stakes performers, including Believe Yourself, Desert Fight, Royal Tithe & Sagaronne. And 16 mares have produced 2YO stakes performers, including this year’s Golden Slipper winner Farnan and Group winners Sweet Idea & Pariah. In fact, more than a quarter of The Autumn Sun’s in-foal mares have produced 2YO winners. 

Fourteen mares have already left Group 1 winners including Dundeel, Starspangledbanner, Kenedna,  Flying Artie, Hampton Court & Plucky Belle.

An impressive group of 46 mares are sisters or daughters of Group 1 performers such as Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy, Kiamichi (Golden Slipper), Champion European Sprinter Sole Power, Euphoria (Champagne S.),  Snitzel (Oakleigh Plate),  Master of Design (T.J. Smith S.) & Shamexpress (Newmarket H. G1). 

The Autmn Sun’s first public parade was warmly anticipated in August 2019, and it’s easy to see why. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

Buyers of The Autumn Sun’s first yearlings in 2022 will be looking at pedigrees with abundant sprinting credentials. His in-foal mares include 53 winners of races up to 1300 metres, 30 of them stakes performers in that range. 

Twenty-two mares are dams of stakes performers at sprint distances, and 60 of The Autumn Sun’s in-foal mares are siblings or daughters of stakes-performed sprinters, among them Group 1 winners Russian Revolution, Sea Siren, Sunlight & Mrs Onassis.

The Autumn Sun also has powerful ownership support, with 37 Arrowfield & syndicate mares in foal to him, and a similar number committed again this year. That will be important in 2023 & 2024, when large numbers of yearlings from his first two crops will be offered by Australia’s No. 1 vendor.  

It all begins in three short months – even sooner if 2YO stakeswinner Sunset Rock, who conceived to The Autumn Sun on 1 September 2019, foals in early August!


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