Arrowfield has acquired a 50 per cent share in dual Group 1 winning colt The Autumn Sun (Redoute's Choice) days out from him contesting the G1 Caulfield Guineas.
Arrowfield Stud principal John Messara negotiated the deal with existing owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds, who bought the colt for $700,000 from the Arrowfield draft at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sales.
The deal will see The Autumn Sun, who won the G1 Golden Rose S. last month, stand at Arrowfield when he retires and Messara take over managing the colt's racing career.
“It just seems Arrowfield is the rightful place for this colt’s future at stud." - John Messara
The Autumn Sun will be the seventh son of Champion Sire Redoute's Choice to retire to the Arrowfield roster. He follows top sire Not A Single Doubt, reigning Champion Sire Snitzel, Beneteau who died after siring two outstanding crops, the Paul Messara-trained Group winners Scissor Kick & Panzer Division, and first season sire Pariah.
“I am very pleased to join Hermitage in the ownership of The Autumn Sun to race him and then develop his breeding career," Messara said.
“It just seems Arrowfield is the rightful place for this colt’s future at stud – after all, we bred and sold him in partnership with The Aga Khan Studs, and we launched and stood his champion sire and grand-sire.”
“He has physique, athleticism and pedigree, all of the highest order, and I couldn’t be more excited about the prospect of standing him at Arrowfield.”
Gallery: The Autumn Sun at the 2017 Inglis Easter Sale
Out of the Galileo (Ire) mare Azmiyna (Ire), who is a half-sister to European Champion and four-time Group 1 winner Azamour (Ire), The Autumn Sun was unbeaten at 2, claiming the G1 JJ Atkins S. at his third start.
He has had two starts at 3, finishing third in the G2 Stan Fox S. before beating a cracking field to win the Golden Rose S.
Trainer Chris Waller feels ahead of The Autumn's Sun's Caulfield Guineas tilt, that the potential of the colt is still not realised.
“This horse has amazing potential and I feel we have unearthed only a small portion of what is to come," he said.
"His athleticism, temperament, good looks and speed combine to create a horse that dominated at two and now into his three-year-old season, and I have no doubt this will continue as a later three-year-old and beyond."
“This horse has amazing potential and I feel we have unearthed only a small portion of what is to come" - Chris Waller
“I have been fortunate to work with some very good horses and that experience has allowed me to place The Autumn Sun with confidence in the races that we have chosen thus far."
"He leaves a lasting memory for those privileged to watch him race and I am sure this will transition to his progeny when the time comes to embark on his stud career.”