There is considerable interest in the resumption of the Chris Waller trained The Autumn Sun in the $400,000, Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday with the colt now valued in the stratosphere after a stud deal in the spring and two unassuming trials leading into Saturday.
Last spring the Redoute’s Choice colt was all conquering with two Group 1 victories in the Golden Rose over 1400m at Rosehill followed by a dominant 4 1/2L win in the Caulfield Guineas over 1600m at Caulfield. That took the colt’s Group 1 victories to three after his two-year-old JJ Atkins Stakes win in Brisbane.
Not surprisingly Arrowfield Stud moved to secure an interest in the colt with their champion sire Redoute’s Choice moving to the latter years of his fabulous stud career. Such was the price the stud was willing to pay that Arrowfield principle John Messara said this week that the colt might be too valuable to travel internationally, a shame for Ascot, but not for the future years of the colt replacing his own sire.
Then there have been The Autumn Sun’s two trials. First there was a 5 1/2L seventh over 1000m at Rosehill on January 29th which might not have been unremarkable. Next came a fourth over 1000m at Rosehill on February 11th.
Jockey Kerrin McEvoy did move to bring The Autumn Sun out to clear running room in the main straight in that trial and they were hindered, so McEvoy just allowed his colt to stride to the line with the margin 3 1/4L to stablemate Zousain. Nevertheless it was a long way from The Autumn Sun’s storming spring.
The Autumn Sun and Kerrin McEvoy, picture Sportpix.com.au
What does it all mean, well not much to one punter who on Thursday outlaid $40,000 at $1.50 on The Autumn Sun to win the Hobartville Stakes.
Next with TAB.com.au’s market is the progressive Anthony Cummings trained Vegadaze at $6.00, in from $7.00. The gelding by Lope de Vega is three from three although hardly in The Autumn Sun’s class with the last in a Benchmark 72 over 1400m at Rosehill on February 2nd.
In a different wager for the meeting a punter has a good opinion of the unraced I Am Invincible colt Faretti who cost $2 million as a yearling.
They have placed $5,000 at $6.50 on the Waterhouse and Bott trained colt to beat the current $4.50 Golden Slipper favourite Tassort in the $250,000, Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) earlier in the Rosehill programme.
While Tassort won his debut in the Golden Gift over 1100m at Rosehill on November 24 with style and ease, plus a trial at Rosehill over 895m on February 11th winning by 1 1/4L under James McDonald, Faretti has won a trial at Randwick over 735m by 1 3/4L.
Godolphin’s trainer James Cummings summed the Silver Slipper up for Tassort.
“The Silver Slipper this year is a very good quality race,” said Cummings.
“I have a really healthy respect for McLaren who showed some X factor on debut.
“And you cannot count out the well-bred debutants Born A Warrior and Faretti, they do not trial any better than those two did.
“It will take a Group 1 two-year-old to come out on top.
“Everyone’s seen Tassort trial publicly ahead of this.
“It was a sedate trial, but I have got no doubt he got out of it what I needed him to.
“He is ready to run well, but he is still open to improvement on what he does on Saturday.”
On that basis the market has it right with Tassort at $1.70.
As an aside TAB also reported on Thursday a bet of $2,500 at $26 on Faretti to win the Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 23rd.
The Silver Slipper Stakes is Race 1 at 1.40 and the Hobartville Stakes Race 5 at 3.15pm.