The Autumn Sun joining Winx in retirement
IN THE space of 48 hours, trainer Chris Waller will farewell the nation's two best racehorses from his Rosehill stables - Winx and The Autumn Sun.
Champion mare Winx's final race start is in the Group 1 $4 million Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday, but racegoers have already seen the last of The Autumn Sun.
Arrowfield Stud supremo John Messara announced on Thursday morning that The Autumn Sun had been retired immediately.
The Autumn Sun, so good this season he had been rated the heir apparent to Winx, will stand at a service fee of $77,000 at Arrowfield Stud, in the Hunter Valley, this spring.
The Autumn Sun's owners, Hermitage Thoroughbreds and Arrowfield, met this week to consider the options for the five-time Group 1 winner and decided to retire the superstar colt to stud.
It was determined 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".
Messara said The Autumn Sun was the best-ever three-year-old colt by Redoute's Choice, the former champion stallion and noted sire of sires, and the chance to stand him at stud was a "irresistible prospect'.'
"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,'' Messara said.
The Autumn Sun won eight of his nine starts, five at Group 1 level, and earned more than $3.4 million. He is the only horse to win the Caulfield-Randwick-Rosehill Guineas treble.
"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,'' Messara said.