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. 

Dundeel colt impresses with gritty Sydney win

Like father, like son – a hard-fought city win shows that 2YO colt Dealmaker has inherited his sire Dundeel’s resolute competitive spirit…

No horse wins six Group 1 races in Sydney and Melbourne without an indomitable competitive spirit, and the tougher the competition, the harder Dundeel fought to win.

That attribute was evident in the gritty win of Dundeel’s 2YO son Dealmaker over 1550 metres at Randwick’s Kensington track on Monday. 

Sent out at $5.50 after his third at Gosford on 31 May, Dealmaker jumped smartly and settled just behind the early leader Battle Plane before Kerrin McEvoy drove him forward round the turn.

His lead seemed likely to be short-lived as the favourite and last-start winner Morpheus (by Snitzel) loomed on the outside, but Dealmaker had other ideas. He held his ground and the pair wrestled up the straight until the Dundeel colt pulled away in the final 100 metres to win by 0.4 length, with Miss Earth 2.7 lengths back in third place.

Watch Dealmaker win at Randwick.

Dealmaker carries the famous Purple & White Stars of Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds which bought the colt for $160,000 from Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Classic Sale draft.

His win was the third for Star owners in three days, after Invincibella’s Dane Ripper S. G2 victory, and Noire’s win at Randwick on Saturday. Dealmaker’s success capped a memorable Queen’s Birthday weekend for Chris Waller and his team who added nine wins to their season record, including the J.J. Atkins Plate G1 with The Autumn Sun.

Dealmaker is the fourth winner from Dundeel’s first crop of juveniles, after Group 3 winner Irukandji, New Zealand winner Cutadeel and Atyaab, successful in South Africa. He is also the first winner for his dam Sport Chic, a city-winning daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Listed winner Cinque. 

Arrowfield sold Dealmaker’s full brother for $140,000 to Payne Racing at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale, while Sport Chic has a weanling colt by Real Impact and is again in foal to Dundeel. 

Demand for Dundeel’s second-crop yearlings was strong across all major 2018 sales, with his top lots selling for up to $500,000 (Inglis Easter), $280,000 (Magic Millions), $NZ270,000 (NZ Premier), $150,000 (Inglis Classic) and $180,000 (Inglis Melbourne Premier).  

Redzel dominates Darley Classic

Snitzel’s son Redzel confirmed his status as Australia’s No. 1 sprinter with a dominant display of championship speed in Saturday’s $1 million, 1200-metre VRC Darley Classic, his second Group 1 victory.

And he made it look easy, jumping well, taking up the lead on the outside rail of the famous straight six course and staying there to score in 1:08.74 by 0.75 length from Terravista and Impending, ahead of Chautauqua, Clearly Innocent and Rock Magic. 

Watch Redzel win the VRC Darley Classic G1.

Unbeaten in his four starts this season, and brilliant winner of The Everest last month, Redzel has won 11 of his 21 starts and $7.7 million for the large group of owners managed by Chris & Michael Ward of Triple Crown Syndications.

Peter Snowden, who prepares the 5YO gelding with his son Paul, gave a succinct description of Redzel’s win and the key to his success. 

“Just jumped, led, sustained speed and just finished it right off. I don’t think he was ever headed. It was a dominant win again.

“This horse is easy to train. He does everything that we ask. What we found out now is to just space out his runs, and give him an easy time between runs and he comes back to life again. He is such an easy horse to train.”

Jockey Kerrin McEvoy agrees about Redzel’s professionalism. “He’s so reliable, you know he’s going to turn up and have a show. He’s just keeps achieving with what’s put in front him.

“He’s the best older sprinter I’ve ridden.”

Redzel’s major 2018 target will again be The Everest, with the race’s increased prizemoney of $13 million enough to keep him in Australia and forego a trip to Royal Ascot.

Snitzel is the only stallion represented by top 10 performers in every age category of the current Australian Timeform rankings compiled by Racing & Sports. 

Redzel (with a figure of 125) holds the highest rating among Snitzel’s tribe, 3YO colts Menari (122p) & Trapeze Artist (122), 4YO Russian Revolution (120), 3YO Summer Passage (116) and 2YO Bondi (112).

Redzel’s work this Spring has lifted Snitzel’s prizemoney to $12,379,198, almost exactly $4 million ahead of High Chaparral who has a similar margin on Street Cry and Fastnet Rock, with Not A Single Doubt fifth on $4.7 million.

Across the Tasman, a lower-profile meeting at Te Rapa supplied a significant milestone for Snitzel when his 5YO daughter Untamed Diamond  took out the $50,000 Waikato Sprint 1200m LR. She is Snitzel’s 75th stakeswinner and completed the 15th same-day stakes double on his record.

Watch Untamed Diamond win the Waikato Sprint LR.

Untamed Diamond, out of dual stakeswinner Made Of Diamonds (by Made Of Gold), was bred and sold by Arrowfield for $30,000 to trainer Richard Collett at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale. She is the third stakes-winning Arrowfield graduate from that particular sale, after Group winners Spill The Beans and Odyssey Moon, both also by Snitzel.

Snitzel completes Group 1 double & quinella

Two days after Summer Passage became Snitzel’s 7th Group 1 winner, stablemates Russian Revolution & Redzel gave him his first Group 1 quinella in the $700,000 ATC The Galaxy 1100m G1.

It was a tremendous performance by both horses and a notable achievement by their trainers Peter & Paul Snowden, especially as they presented 3YO colt Russian Revolution for the first time since his Spring campaign, which yielded two Group wins and a fourth in the Coolmore Stud S. G1.

Russian Revolution’s fresh state was evident as he went to the gates and he was re-shod there after casting a plate, but he quickly put that hiccup behind him. Jungle Edge took up the early running and Russian Revolution follow Redzel wide around the turn.

Redzel forged ahead and finally collared Jungle Edge at the 200-metre mark, but Russian Revolution simply wouldn’t give up and found enough under pressure to snatch a short neck victory, with Jungle Edge a brave third.

Watch Russian Revolution & Redzel quinella The Galaxy G1.

Peter Snowden said he was confident Russian Revolution’s allotted 51kg would be in the colt’s favour on a deteriorating track.

“We knew the weight was going to kick in at some stage and it was probably the difference over the last 100 metres. He’s been very full of himself in the last week or so….He’s been ready to go.”

Russian Revolution (ex Ballet d’Amour by Stravinsky) is Snitzel’s eighth Group 1 winner and second Galaxy winner after Sweet Idea in 2015. Like Redzel, he is among the 21 stakeswinners that are building a potentially record-setting season for the son of Redoute’s Choice. The Galaxy win also completed a Rosehill double for jockey Kerrin McEvoy, who rode Our Ivanhowe to success in the Ranvet S. G1 earlier in the day.

Russian Revolution’s five wins from his six starts have returned well over twice the $320,000 that Michael Wallace & China Horse Club paid for him at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale where he was offered by Vinery Stud.  He is raced by China Horse Club and his breeder John Stuart Investments with Newgate Farm, Matthew Sandblom and Sir Owen Glenn.

Bred by Lee Fleming, Redzel was a $120,000 buy from Marquee Stud for Chris & Michael Ward’s Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. Triple Crown owners have previously enjoyed success with Group 1 winner Hot Snitzel and Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel.

The $2.5 million weight-for-age T.J. Smith Stakes 1200m G1 back at Randwick on 1 April, Day 1 of The Championships, must now be on the horizon for both Russian Revolution and Redzel.

In the meantime, their quinella has pushed Snitzel through the $10 million mark in Australia for the first time, and he maintains his No. 1 position on the Australian General Sires’ list, more than $1 million ahead of Street Cry.