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Well-bred colts centres of attention

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A pair of gifted stablemates with pedigrees to match their talent are ready to open spring campaigns that can secure their post-racing futures.

The emergence last season of The Autumn Sun (Redoute’s Choice) and Zousain (Zoustar) put studmasters on red alert and they will undoubtedly be monitoring their 3-year-old progress.

“There’s always interest in these sort of colts, but it’s a bit of a balancing act trying to buy horses with upside,” Guy Mulcaster said. The Cambridge-based bloodstock agent enjoys a close association with the duo’s trainer Chris Waller and was instrumental in the purchase of both colts as yearlings.

Guy Mulcaster was instrumental in the purchase of The Autumn Sun and Zousain as yearlings

“It always depends on how they have done over the winter, but they both look like they are going to be very competitive through the spring. Any horse that wins the Golden Rose or the Coolmore will be worth big money as we saw with Merchant Navy last year.”

“It always depends on how they have done over the winter, but they both look like they are going to be very competitive through the spring.” – Guy Mulcaster.

The son of Fastnet Rock was unplaced in the G1 Golden Rose after an early check, but made amends when victorious in the G1 Coolmore Stud S. He was subsequently sold to the global powerhouse Coolmore for reportedly more than $30 million, transferred to Irish training maestro Aidan O’Brien and gave his stallion profile another boost when successful in the G1 Diamond Jubilee S., at Ascot.

The Autumn Sun was bought out of Arrowfield Stud’s Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale draft for $700,000, signed for by Waller and Hermitage Thoroughbreds. He is out of Azmiyna (IRE) (Galileo {IRE}, who is a half-sister eight winners including the ill-fated multiple Group 1 winner Azamour (IRE) (Night Shift {USA}). It is also the family of the G1 Prix Ganay winner Astarabad (USA) (Alleged {USA}).

Mulcaster and Waller also secured The Autumn Sun’s 3/4-sister by Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) earlier this year for $1.3 million.

The Autumn Sun was a $700,000 Easter yearling purchase

Unbeaten 2YO campaign

The Autumn Sun didn’t take long to show a return on his investment and won his first two starts at Randwick before claiming top honours, at Zousain’s expense, in the G1 JJ Atkins S., at Doomben. Following a break, he recently finished fourth in a 1000 metre trial at Rosehill won by Zousain.

Zousain

He won two of his six starts as a 2-year-old, including the G2 Moet & Chandon Classic and was a $400,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale buy for Mulcaster and Qatar Bloodstock’s David Redvers out of Edinglassie Stud’s consignment. The colt is out of Pasar Silbano (IRE) (Elnadim {USA}), who was a Group 3 winner in the United States and was successful at Listed level in Ireland.

Zousain was a $400,000 Magic Millions purchase

The Autumn Sun stretched his legs at Randwick on Saturday in an all-Waller 1000 metre exhibition gallop and wasn’t pressured when third behind Winx (Street Cry {IRE}) and Patrick Erin (NZ) (Gallant Guru).

He is due to kick off his spring campaign in next Saturday’s G2 Stan Fox S., at Rosehill. The G1 Golden Rose and the G1 Caulfield Guineas are also on his programme.

“Zousain will probably run in the Run To The Roses and he’s coming up well,” – Guy Mulcaster.

“Zousain will probably run in the Run To The Roses and he’s coming up well,” Mulcaster said. “It looks like he’ll come up against Neutrality and Graff so it will be a good yardstick race for him.”

All going to plan, Group 1 targets await both the Waller-trained colts during the spring and there is the possibility that they will go head to head. “There are a lot of options and while they are stablemates, that becomes irrelevant at the top level,” Mulcaster said. “You have to do the right thing by both of them.”