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 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. 

The Autumn Sun shines on Redoute’s Choice

Eighteen years into his extraordinary stud career, Redoute’s Choice has little to prove, whether as a sire of stakeswinners and Group 1 winners, sensational sire sons and valuable broodmare daughters or  profitable yearlings.

He also has little time for lingering in the past tense, and on Saturday he demonstrated yet again the permanence of his class.

This time it was unbeaten 2YO colt The Autumn Sun who updated the Redoute’s Choice record when he and jockey Kerrin McEvoy overcame a testing run to win the $600,000 BRC J.J. Atkins Plate 1600m G1 by a long neck and 1.5 lengths from Zousain and Fundamentalist.
 
Watch The Autumn Sun win the BRC J.J. Atkins Plate G1.

In fact, Redoute’s Choice appears in the pedigrees of all three horses. He’s also the damsire of Zousain’s sire Zoustar, and his son Not A Single Doubt is responsible for the filly Fundamentalist, who fought hard to add a Group 1 placing to her Adelaide Listed win in April.

The result was notable for champion trainer Chris Waller who prepares both The Autumn Sun and Zousain.

He said of The Autumn Sun, “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.”  The Caulfield Guineas, won by Redoute’s Choice himself in 1999, will be the colt’s major Spring target.

The Autumn Sun is Stakeswinner No. 158 for Redoute’s Choice, his 33rd Group 1 winner, 38th 2YO stakeswinner 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 Stakeswinners/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 G1 winner Estijaab in the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale and bought for $700,000 by trainer Chris Waller, agent Guy Mulcaster & owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds. The Dark Green & Red Hermitage silks are also carried by Group 1 winners Summer Passage & Egg Tart.

The Waller-Mulcaster team returned to Inglis Easter this year to purchase the stunning Snitzel-Azmiyna filly for $1.3 million. Azmiyna has a weanling colt by Not A Single Doubt and is again in foal to Snitzel.

The Autumn Sun is the second Group 1 winner bred by the Aga Khan Studs-Arrowfield partnership, after Whisky Baron, last season’s  Champion Middle Distance Horse in South Africa.

New stars rise for Redoute’s Choice

Glenall, seen here at Randwick in 2017, is the 157th stakeswinner by Redoute’s Choice. (PHOTO: Sportpix)

He has three Champion Sire awards in the Arrowfield trophy cabinet, he’s just posted his 76th million-dollar yearling, he appears on the 2018 Arrowfield roster for the 19th year,  and his sire sons make headlines every week.

And still, Redoute’s Choice can reel out new stakeswinners at a rate most of his rivals cannot match.

He’s done it again this week, starting in France with 4YO colt Time’s Arrow, successful in the Maisons-Laffitte Prix Servanne 1200m LR on Wednesday.

Prix de l’Abbaye G1 winner Gilt Edge Girl (by Danehill Dancer’s son Monsieur Bond) was carrying Time’s Arrow when she was bought for €550,000 by Flaxman Stables Ireland at the 2013 Goffs Breeding Stock Sale.

Prepared by Philippe Sogorb, Time’s Arrow had won four of his previous 13 starts, but this was his first try at six furlongs and he won by two lengths, with recent Listed winner Cheikeljack’s third franking the quality of the performance.

Two days later in England 3YO colt Sevenna Star pressed his Classic aspirations with a fighting win in Sandown Classic Trial 2000m G3 for owner-breeder Gestut Ammerland and trainer John Gosden.

Gosden said: “He is a big horse, as you can see, and he is still learning. He didn’t really see anyone around Windsor last time. He did a nice piece of work around there.

“It was a good race. The second, third and fourth are good horses. It was a quality trial.”

Sevenna Star was placed twice at three, but his progress over the winter was evident in his 14-length maiden win at Windsor on 16 April. 

He is the fourth stakeswinner out of Group 3 winner Sevenna (by Galileo) from a German family that has also produced Sydney 2YO Group winner Replicator and Hong Kong stakeswinner Green Treasure.

Stakeswinner Number 3 for the week appeared in Australia on Saturday at the Hawkesbury standalone meeting when Stuart Ramsey’s home-bred 4YO colt Glenall won the $125,000 Hawkesbury Gold Rush 1100m LR. Spending To Win (by Snitzel) and multiple Listed winner Kuro filled the placings.

Watch Glenall win the Hawkesbury Gold Rush LR.

Glenall’s potential has been evident since his classy debut win in August 2016 and jockey Brenton Avdulla can now confirm it. “He’s got good Group class ability. He’s a very talented horse.”

Glenall is trained by Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes for owner-breeder Stuart Ramsey and is a half-brother to multiple Listed winner Panipique, out of Group 3 winner Our Quivira (by Spinning World).

Time’s Arrow, Sevenna Star and Glenall take Redoute’s Choice’s lifetime record to 157 stakeswinners, a figure that maintains his world-class 12% SW/Runners strike rate.

The week’s racing also revealed a likely future addition to that record in the shape of 2YO colt The Autumn Sun, who could not have been more impressive in his debut at Randwick on Anzac Day. After settling near the rear of the field, he emerged at the top of the straight to round up his rivals and score by 1.5 lengths in class record time of 1:08.61 for the 1200 metres.

The Autumn Sun was bred by Arrowfield and the Aga Khan Studs and purchased for $700,000 by trainer Chris Waller & owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds from the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale.  

His promise is more than matched by his pedigree. He is bred on the same Redoute’s Choice/Galileo cross as Sevenna Star, and his dam Azmiyna is a half-sister to European Champion Azamour.

The stunning  Snitzel-Azmiyna yearling filly will soon be a stablemate of The Autumn Sun after being knocked down for $1.3 million to Waller Racing & Guy Mulcaster at this year’s edition of Inglis Easter.
 

Summer Passage wins Group 1 Sires' Produce

Snitzel’s headline-making season continued on Thursday when his 2YO son Summer Passage stepped up from Listed success at Matamata last month to take out the $200,000 ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. 1200m G1.

The race, sponsored by Brendan & Jo Lindsay’s recently sold company Sistema Plastics, began with a three-horse battle for the lead as Summer Passage sped forward from the outside gate to join Ujjayyi and Felton Road. The trio settled in front and jockey Blake Shinn let Summer Passage get round the home turn before applying pressure which dropped off his co-leaders as Star Treasure and Gold Fever emerged from the pack.

However, placings were their lot as the Snitzel colt’s class shone in the final stages and he pulled away for a convincing three-quarter length win, his second from three starts since his late January debut for owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds and trainers Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott. 

Watch Summer Passage win the ARC Ellerslie Sires’ Produce S. G1.

The result was also a triumph for Ron & Deb Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud, based in the famous Darling Downs region of Queensland. Summer Passage was knocked down to Wexford Stables for $800,000 at the 2016 Inglis Easter Sale and joins Group 1 winners Porto Roca & Wanted, Group 2 winner Shrapnel (by Charge Forward) and Listed winner Thronum (also by Snitzel) on the boutique farm’s graduate list.

Summer Passage is the second foal of Subsequent, a winning daughter of Encosta De Lago and he was as much a star of Highgrove’s draft as he was at Ellerslie.

Ron Gilbert recalls, “He was a very good sort. The good yearlings tend to pick themselves and this bloke certainly did that.
“They’re standouts from day one, there’s never an issue with them, they’ve very popular with potential buyers and they never turn a hair.”

Subsequent, from the family of Group 2 winner Shania Dane and Group winners Order Of The Sun (in Singapore) and Scintillation (in Hong Kong) has a yearling colt by Sebring, a weanling filly by Snitzel and is again in foal to the superstar son of Redoute’s Choice.

Summer Passage, previously nominated for the Golden Slipper, is now likely to make the trip across the Tasman for the $1 million Inglis Sires’ 1400m G1 on 1 April, the first day of The Championships at Randwick.

Snizel shows no sign of breaking his record-setting habit, with 21 stakeswinners for the season to date, and 24 individual 2YO winners, six of them stakeswinners: Summer Passage, Azazel, Ducimus, Jukebox and two of his four Golden Slipper G1 runners on Saturday, Teaspoon & Trapeze Artist.

Snitzel has 42 yearlings on offer at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale which begins on 4 April, among them Highgrove’s colt out of Simply Spiteful (by Speightstown), and six colts & 8 fillies in Arrowfield’s consignment.

Snitzel's trans-Tasman stakes double day

Melbourne 3YO Farson and New Zealand-based juvenile Summer Passage gave the sensational Snitzel his ninth same-day stakes double on Saturday, taking his tally of stakeswinners to 52.

Farson started favourite in the $200,000 MRC Autumn Classic 1800m G2 after consecutive wins at Caulfield and Moonee Valley.He kept punters happy when he took control of the race round the turn and kicked clear to score by almost two lengths from Cliff Hanger with Captain Rhett third.

Watch Farson win the MRC Autumn Classic G2.

Jockey Stephen Baster was impressed, saying afterwards, “He’s a beauty – he’s still learning and improving every time he goes around. Today we got there a little bit too soon, I didn’t want to be getting there at the top of the straight but I had no choice and to his credit he just kept hitting the line.”

Farson was a $180,000 Gai Waterhouse buy from the draft of breeder Stuart Ramsey’s Turangga Farm at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. His stakes-winning dam Clear View is a daughter of Gallo Di Ferro (by Deputy Minister), from a family that produced New Zealand Group 1 winners So Casual & Zola almost 20 years ago.

Farson is the third stakeswinner by Snitzel for the new Waterhouse & Bott partnership after Thronum (ATC The Rosebud LR) and Sweet Redemption (ATC Festival S. G3).

Inglis Easter graduate Summer Passage extended Snitzel’s record on several fronts with a stylish defeat of Summer Monsoon & Hanger in Saturday’s $50,000 Matamata Slipper 1200m LR in New Zealand.

It was a fine effort by the colt who was second to Aim Smart (by Smart Missile) on debut on 28 January and may now cross the Tasman to see if a rather bigger Slipper fits on 18 March.

Watch Summer Passage win the Matamata Slipper LR.

Bred and offered by Ron & Deb Gilbert’s Highgrove Stud, Summer Passage was bought for $800,000 by owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds and is trained by Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott. He’s the second foal out of Subsequent (by Encosta De Lago), a winning sibling of Listed winners Get To Work and Order Of The Sun, from the family of current smart 3YOs Northwest Passage and Man From Uncle.

Subsequent foaled a Snitzel filly last Spring and is in foal to him again.

Summer Passage is both Snitzel’s 23rd juvenile winner this season and his 23rd lifetime 2YO stakeswinner, as well as his first black type winner in New Zealand. He and Farson take Snitzel’s 2016/17 record to 17 stakeswinners – his best-ever season total, and it’s only February.

The next opportuity to buy a Snitzel yearling comes up on Sunday, when the first of eight colts and five fillies by the boom son of Redoute’s Choice enters the ring at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Big day everywhere for Smart Missile

Smart Missile is back on top of the Australian Second Season Sires’ list after quality Saturday wins at Ascot & Bendigo and a valuable Group 3 placing at Caulfield.

However, the day began across the Tasman with Cha Siu Bao, who followed up his impressive maiden success at Te Rapa last month with a three-length win at Ashburton for Hermitage Thoroughbreds and the stable of Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott.

Watch Cha Siu Bao win in New Zealand.

The fixed odds for next month’s NZ Two Thousand Guineas G1 were immediately adjusted and the colt now sits on the third line of betting at $8.00.

A $425,000 purchase by Anton & Oliver Koolman from Widden’s Inglis Easter draft, Cha Siu Bao is the fourth winner out of the Frost family’s multiple Group winner and Group 1 placegetter Ballet Society (by Stravinsky), a half-sister to Group 1 winner Cent Home.

Next up was Redgum Racing’s 2YO colt Strela. He defied his double-figure starting price to make an excellent debut at Bendigo, settling quickly in front and extending his lead in the straight to out-gun Tarima & Margot. The time of 50.88 was a new race and track record for 900 metres.

Strela (ex Humma Mumma by Bel Esprit) was a $120,000 buy from Flinders Park Stud at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and is prepared by John Sadler.

Watch Strela win on debut.

Rocketeer continued his excellent Spring form when second to Good Standing in the $500,000 MRC Caulfield Classic 2000m G3, and was a touch unlucky it wasn’t the other way round. Shuffled back on the turn while all-the-way leader Good Standing shot clear, he did well to cut the winner’s margin to three-quarters of a length.

The quinella was a notable result for Smart Missile’s owner & breeder Gooree Park Stud whose red & black colours are carried by Good Standing.

Watch Rocketeer’s 2nd, MRC Caulfield Classic G3.

Rocketeer is the third winner out of Some Girls Do (by More Than Ready), a winning half-sister to Sydney stakeswinner Winter King. He was a $150,000 purchase for Moody Racing from the Edinburgh Park draft at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The Mick Price-trained gelding’s four seconds – two in black type company – since his maiden win in August keep  him on track for the $1.5 million Victoria Derby G1 on 29 October. 

Smart Missile’s fruitful day ended at Ascot in Perth where 3YO filly Royal Missile got her second win this season, and it was a super effort.

Drawn widest of the ten runners in the 1400-metre 3YO event, Royal Missile ended up at the rear of the field, but made ground swiftly round the turn and sprinted home for a stylish victory, three-quarters of a length ahead of Samovare. 

Watch Royal Missile win at Ascot.

Royal Missile is a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Turffontein, from Spirit of Grace (by Dr Grace), and was offered by Blue Gum Farm at Inglis Melbourne where she was knocked down for $240,000 to Aquanita Racing. She’s trained by Simon Miller in Perth for a partnership including loyal Aquanita clients Ray, Ben & Ryan Meadowcroft.

Rocketeer, Strela and Royal Missile added almost $150,000 to Smart Missile’s earnings – enough to take him past Foxwedge with a new total of $669,618. He comfortably heads the list by winners with 15, and has just cracked his first million dollars as a sire, thanks largely to his eight stakes performers.

The marketplace is missing none of this: Baystone Farm’s Smart Missile colt out of Asshewaqua topped the recent Inglis Ready2Race Sale, selling for $310,000.

Wednesday double for Smart Missile

Smart Missile’s excellent Spring continued on Wednesday when he notched up a trans-Tasman double, courtesy of Cha Siu Bao in New Zealand and Missile Boom in Victoria.

These wins, both over 1400 metres, take Smart Missile’s tally of winners this month to six, and 12 for the first 45 days of the season.

Hermitage Thoroughbreds’ colt Cha Siu Bao was a three-and-a-half length winner at Te Rapa, Hamilton, a good effort against older rivals, including the placegetters, both 4YO mares receiving weight from him.

Watch Cha Siu Bao win at Te Rapa.

Andrew Scott, who prepares Cha Siu Bao with Lance O’Sullivan, indicated that the win was a pleasing first step towards the colt’s participation in November’s NZ 2000 Guineas G1. The colt was placed in both his starts last season and fourth at his 3YO debut last month.

A $425,000 purchase by Anton & Oliver Koolman from Widden’s Inglis Easter draft, Cha Siu Bao is the fourth winner out of the multiple Group winner Ballet Society (by Stravinsky), half-sister to Group 1 winner Cent Home.

Missile Boom’s winning margin at Pakenham was only a half-length, but it was a similarly impressive performance, given he came from the back of the field, picked up ground round the turn and drove home for a soft win.

Watch Missile Boom at Pakenham.

Like Cha Siu Bao, Missile Boom is the fourth winner of his dam Full Bloom (by Snippets), a three-quarter sister to the dam of Snitzel. He is a graduate of Cornerstone Stud’s consignment at the 2015 Inglis Premier Sale, where syndicator Rob Slade secured him for $70,000, and is trained by John McArdle.

With 10 Australian winners since 1 August, Smart Missile is one of three second season sires that have already broken through the $200,000 mark this season, and he comfortably leads the list by winners.