Arrowfield Stud's John Messara said on Wednesday that the Stud had purchased a 50 per cent interest in the Chris Waller trained Group 1 Golden Rose winner The Autumn Sun from owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds.
“I am very pleased to join Hermitage in the ownership of The Autumn Sun to race him and then develop his breeding career," said Messara in a statement.
“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.”
John Messara also assumes responsibility for managing The Autumn Sun’s racing career.
The Autumn Sun is out of the Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to His Highness The Aga Khan’s European Champion and four-time Group 1 winner Azamour.
Selected by Mulcaster Bloodstock from Arrowfield’s 2017 Inglis Easter draft, the colt was purchased for $700,000 by Hermitage Thoroughbreds and Chris Waller Racing.
The Autumn Sun has already made a significant impact on Australian racing with four wins from only five starts, two of them at Group 1 level. Unbeaten at two when his three wins included the Group 1 BRC JJ Atkins Stakes at Doomben in June.
The Autumn Sun and Kerrin McEvoy winning the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill, picture Sportpix.com.au