Major stud buys half-share in The Autumn Sun
Racenet - 10 October 2018
The Autumn Sun’s stud career has found a starting location after a major Australian stud bought a half-share in the raging Caulfield Guineas favourite.
Arrowfield Stud has announced it has bought 50 percent of The Autumn Sun from owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds for an undisclosed sum.
Arrowfield Stud boss John Messara confirmed the deal via a press release on Wednesday afternoon. Messara will also take over the management of the rest of The Autumn Sun’s racing career.
“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 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.”
The Autumn Sun fetched $700,000 as a yearling but has already won more than $1.1m in his five starts in a career that includes a Group I win at two in the JJ Atkins and at three in the Golden Rose.
The Autumn Sun is an odds-on favourite to add a third Group I win in Saturday’s Caulfield Guineas.