The Autumn Sun rises to Golden Rose glory

Hermitage Thoroughbreds’ colt The Autumn Sun added the 50th Group 1 win to Redoute’s Choice’s extraordinary record with a breath-taking finish in Saturday’s $1 million ATC Golden Rose S. G1…

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 ATC Golden Rose S. 1400m G1.

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 stablemate Zousain made what looked like a winning break.

Then Kerrin McEvoy swung The Autumn Sun wide, giving him the space he needed to let rip with the big, raking stride that swept him to victory in last season’s J.J. Atkins G1 and is now even more effective. 

He defeated the gallant Zousain, also runner-up in the Atkins, by a short neck, in 1:22.24, with the favourite Graff a length away, third. 

Watch The Autumn Sun win the ATC Golden Rose G1.

McEvoy said, “He had to do it all, he was still last at the 300 metres but what a powerful engine he’s got. To do that in what I really think is below his best trip shows how classy he is…He’s got a great attitude and a great temperament and I’m thrilled to be on his back.”

Chris Waller, Oliver & Anton Koolman and Kerrin McEvoy celebrate The Autumn Sun’s Golden Rose victory. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

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. 

The Golden Rose prizemoney takes his earnings to $1.1 million and so he becomes the 16th million-dollar earner by Redoute’s Choice. 

Dual Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun as a yearling. (PHOTO: Georgie Lomax)

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.

The $1.3 million Snitzel-Azmiyna filly sold at the 2018 Inglis Easter Sale. (PHOTO: Bronwen Healy)

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. 

The Autumn Sun now heads Timeform’s Australian 3YO rankings with 120+, ahead of Zousain (119) and Graff & Lean Mean Machine (both on 117) and his next target is the $2 million Caulfield Guineas G1 on 13 October. 

Strong start for Redoute's Choice in Europe

A quick-fire sequence of four 3YO winners in three weeks has given champion sire Redoute’s Choice a strong start to the 2017 season in Europe.

Al Shaqab Racing’s filly Wajnah (ex Benzolina by Second Empire) is the latest of the quartet to salute, when she returned on Sundayto Bordeaux-Le Bouscat, where she won on debut over 1600 metres last September, to score again over the same distance. Settled in second place by jockey Greogry Benoist, Wajnah made her run round the turn and sustained a solid effort up the straight to defeat La Sardane and Silver Storm.

Wajnah is a half-sister to Listed winners Bassamba and Baine (also runner-up in the French 1000 Guineas G1) from the family of champion sprinter and leading sire Anabaa. Bred by her trainer Francois Rohaut and Haras de Saint Pair, she was bought for €260,000 at the 2015 Arqana October Sale by agent Nicolas de Watrigant. Along with several other Redoute’s Choice fillies, including last season’s winners Astronomy’s Choice, Gold Luck & Deep Inside, Wajnah is nominated for the French 1000 Guineas G1 at Deauville on 13 May.

Close relatives Eyes On Asha and Spotify supplied wins within 24 hours of each other last week. Eyes On Asha won by 2.5 lengths over 6 furlongs at her Newcastle UK debut on Friday, an eye-catching effort after missing the kick and racing near the back of the field.

Watch Eyes On Asha win at Newcastle

The Kevin Ryan-trained daughter of Redoute’s Choice fetched a near-record €775,000 after a fast breeze-up at last year’s Arqana May 2YO Sale. She is out of the Italian stakeswinner Sunday Nectar (by Footstepsinthesand) and shares her grand-dam with Spotify, who saluted at Chantilly last Thursday.

A home-bred for the Wertheimers, Spotify (ex Gwenseb by Green Tune) also kept his unbeaten record when he won powered home in fine style to win a 1900-metre event by three lengths at Chantilly last Thursday. A half-brother to Group winners Attendu and Impassable, Spotify is prepared by Christophe Ferland.

Watch Spotify win at Chantilly – video replay courtesy of TDN and Fasig-Tipton

It was also at Chantilly that the Roth family’s filly Golden Attitude gave Redoute’s Choice his first European winner of 2017 when she won a 1900-metre event on 14 February.

Fourth at her debut last November, Golden Attitude is among the first European runners for American owner-breeders Larry, Nanci and Jaime Roth whose horses campaign under the name of  LNJ Foxwoods. They bought her dam Gold Round (by Caerleon) in 2012, sent her to Redoute’s Choice at Haras de Bonneval and then to the United States where she foaled Golden Attitude in 2014.

Gold Round’s major claim to fame is that she’s a half-sister to champion Goldikova, but she was a Group 3 winner herself and has done a wonderful job at stud, leaving three stakeswinners among 10 winners, most recently the filly Golden Valentine, who won last year’s Deauville Prix Minerve G3 for the Roths.

Like her older half-sister and Goldikova, Golden Attitude is trained by Freddie Head. Head also prepares the Wertheimer filly Gold Luck, Goldikova’s 3YO half-sister by Redoute’s Choice, who won her debut last September and was then stakes-placed at Deauville.
 
Watch replays of these races at France-Galop:
Wajnah – 5 March, Bordeaux-Le Bouscat, Prix de la Societe d’Encouragement de Bordeaux
Golden Attitude – 14 February, Chantilly, Prix de la Croix Vaillant

Azazel rewards Aga Khan joint venture

Tony McEvoy paid $310,000 to secure the standout Snitzel-Allariza colt offered by Arrowfield at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The colt, now named Azazel, has wasted no time at all franking his trainer’s judgment, winning Saturday’s $250,000 MVRC Inglis Banner 2YO S. 1000m (R) LR at his very first start.

It was achieved in some style too, after jockey Luke Currie settled the strapping, dark grey colt well off the pace, while the favourite Luiza led the field through the turn. Currie chose to go wide and Azazel powered up quickly to take command of the race 150 metres out and win by almost two lengths from Can’t Remember and Ephesian.

Watch Azazel win the MVRC Inglis Banner (R) LR.

Tony McEvoy said, “I’ve got a really good batch of babies and we’ve bought really well at the sales. He’s been at the pointy end all the way through and just continued to impress me and step up to the plate.

“I thought he’d be beautifully placed in this race restricted to (Inglis) sale horses. He’s a big, strong horse and he’s sound. He wants to be here and wants to be two.

“I think we can go to the Maribyrnong Plate then sweeten him for the Autumn.”

The $150,000 Maribyrnong Plate G3 will be held over 1000 metres at Flemington on 5 November.

Azazel, raced by a group including well-known Melbourne owner Bruce Mathieson, is a notable success for the joint venture between Arrowfield and the Aga Khan Studs. His dam Allariza, an unraced daughter of champion French sire Linamix, was sent to Australia as a maiden mare in 2009.

Allariza has also left Alligator (by Charge Forward), placed at his only start to date, and a yearling colt by Not A Single Doubt. She has been served this Spring by Olympic Glory.

Allariza and her dam Alharir are among the mares HH The Aga Khan acquired in 2005 from the estate of leading French businessman and breeder Jean-Luc Lagardere. Alharir, a half-sister to 2001 Arc winner & top-class international performer Sakhee, is also the dam of Listed winners Albahri & Alnamara, and grand-dam of Group 3 winner Alnadana.

Azazel is the 44th lifetime stakeswinner for Snitzel, his 19th juvenile stakeswinner and his 8th stakeswinner this season. After Saturday’s racing, the son of Redoute’s Choice has taken over as Australia’s leading active sire with $2.3 million prizemoney, bettered only by the deceased Street Cry, sire of Cox Plate heroine Winx.

Azazel is the second Arrowfield graduate to win the Inglis Banner, the first of the nine-race series for 2YO Inglis sale graduates this season. The Arrowfield-bred Crack A Roadie (by Charge Forward) won the race in 2012, defeating Snitzel’s son, the subsequent Cox Plate & Australian Guineas winner Shamus Award.

Redoute's Choice story

It was the second impressive performance this week by the champion sire’s first French-conceived juveniles. On Monday, the colt Colibri ran away from his rivals in a seven-furlong maiden at Brighton to win by 12 lengths easing down.

Watch Colibri’s maiden win on 5 September.

Trained by Hugo Palmer for owner-breeder Al Asayl Bloodstock, Colibri is out of High Days (by Hennessy), from the family of Fantastic Light, as well as Australian Group 1 winner Your Song & last season’s Group-winning 2YO Tarquin.

To Redoute's Choice & Zarkava, a colt

Champion unbeaten mare Zarkava safely foaled a colt by champion sire Redoute’s Choice on Monday morning  at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in France.

The colt is described by Georges Rimaud, manager of the Aga Khan Studs in France as “a very elegant foal that is correct and strong.”

Zarkava (Zamindar-Zarkasha by Kahyasi) whose seven victories included five at Group 1 level, will now visit the unbeaten champion Frankel.

Redoute’s Choice is covering a second high-class book of mares at Haras de Bonneval, among them 18 Aga Khan mares. They include the dams of Group  winner Valyra & Bayrir, a sister to Classic sire Azamour, and the Group 1 winners Rosanara, Shalanaya, Daryakana & Mandesha.

Redoute’s Choice is enjoying a splendid season in Australia with progeny earnings of almost $6 million and seven stakeswinners headed by the sprinting sensation Lankan Rupee, winner of the Oakleigh Plate G1 & last Saturday’s Newmarket H. G1.

Thirty-four yearlings by Redoute’s Choice will be offered at next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Sale, among them 6 colts & 3 fillies in the Arrowfield draft.

Fiorente's dam visits Redoute's Choice

While Fiorente was busy earning accolades in Melbourne with his stunning VRC Australian Cup G1 victory, his dam Desert Bloom was being courted by a champion Australian sire in France.

The unraced daughter of Pilsudski and Desert Beauty (by Green Desert) was served at the weekend by Redoute’s Choice, who is standing his second Northern Hemisphere season at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in Normandy.

Fiorente’s breeder Ballymacoll Stud also welcomed a Redoute’s Choice colt from Fleur De Cactus (Montjeu-Desert Bloom) on 2 January. He was the first foal born this year on the famous Irish farm owned by the Weinstock and Sobell families.

Fiorente is the third horse to complete the Melbourne Cup-Australian Cup double in the same season, after  Hall of Famers Let’s Elope and Makybe Diva. His season earnings of $4.9 million are keeping his champion German sire Monsun, who died in 2012, among Australia’s current top ten sires, with prospects of plenty more as Fiorente returns to Sydney for the Autumn Carnival, including The Championships.

Ballymacoll Stud has had great success with Fiorente’s female family over a long period of time. His second dam Hellenic won the Yorkshire Oaks G1 and proved a gem at stud, as the dam of five Group winners, three of them successful at Group 1 level: Champion filly & mare Islington (by Sadler’s Wells); Mountain High (by Danehill; Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud G1) & Greek Dance (by Sadler’s Wells; Champion older male in Germany).

Fiorente is directly descended from Coventry Belle (Hyperion-Carpet Slipper), purchased as a foal at the 1938 Newmarket December Sales for 2300 guineas by Dorothy Paget, the previous owner of Ballymacoll Stud. Coventry Belle, whose siblings included Classic winners Godiva and Windsor Slipper, is also the ancestress of outstanding English miler Reform and Golan (Newmarket 2000 Guineas G1 & Ascot King George VI & Queen Elizabeth S. G1).