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. 

Pariah shines in San Domenico Stakes

Star 3YO colt Pariah heads the betting for next month’s Golden Rose G1 after his commanding win in Saturday’s $150,000 ATC San Domenico S. 1100m G3.

It was the perfect campaign opener for the son of Redoute’s Choice, who won last season’s ATC Canonbury S. G3 on debut and was runner-up in the MRC Blue Diamond S. G1. His jump from gate 9 required skilful direction by jockey Blake Shinn who quickly slipped Pariah through to the fence as the hot pace Taking Aim and Condor Heroes stretched the field out.

Eased out around the turn, Pariah drove through stylishly to master the challenging Madeenaty, sprint clear over the final 200 metres and score by a length from the fast-finishing Chauffeur (by Snitzel) and Jorda.

Watch Pariah win the ATC San Domenico S. G3.

Co-trainer Peter Snowden confirmed afterwards that the $1 million Golden Rose Stakes G1 on 23 September is Pariah’s first Spring goal.

“He’ll run in the Run To The Rose and then obviously the Golden Rose…hopefully we can tick that box and then we can really think about what his future holds.

“After that 1400-metre run we’ll determine what avenue we take with him, if we do press onto the mile or look at The Everest or freshen up for the Coolmore.

“They’re certainly good things to be thinking about.”

Bred by the partnership of Arrowfield, John Leaver, David Paradice and Paul Favretto, Pariah is the first foal of the city-winning Hussonet mare Secluded, which makes him a three-quarter brother to dual Group 1 winner Melito (also by Redoute’s Choice).

The colt was bought for $700,000 from Arrowfield’s 2016 Inglis Easter draft by James Harron for a group of owners including Belinda Bateman, Rob & Donna Love, Fergus Doyle, John & Fran Ingham and Steve Gillard. Arrowfield returned to Pariah’s ownership in April this year after buying a 50% interest in the colt, along with the standing rights for his future stud career.

Pariah’s full brother, already named Melik, was Australia’s top-priced yearling of 2017, selling for $2.5 million from Arrowfield at Inglis Easter to Tim Stakemire for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum. Secluded visits Redoute’s Choice again this Spring.

Pariah was among 18 worldwide stakeswinners last season for three-time Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice and is one of five Group winners from only 13 named foals bred on the electric Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross.