The Autumn Sun winning the Rosehill Guineas (Image: Bradley Photos)

Messara: The Autumn Sun decision imminent

8 April 2019

Arrowfield Stud boss John Messara says a decision on the racing future of The Autumn Sun will be made ‘in the next couple of days’.

The Autumn Sun was spelled after winning the G1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 23, his eighth win from nine starts and fifth at the elite level for trainer Chris Waller. 

Messara told’s After The Last that the decision to continue racing The Autumn Sun or retire the three-year-old colt to stud was proving ‘torturous’.

Messara purchased a half-share in The Autumn Sun last October, days before he won the G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) by 4.5 lengths, and races the horse in partnership with Hermitage Thoroughbreds.

“We have had meetings amongst the ownership group and today (on Monday) there was a meeting with the trainer (Chris Waller),” Messara said.

“I think in the next day or two we’ll make a statement, probably Wednesday or Thursday once we’ve ticked all the boxes.

“He’s done his job on the racetrack in effect already but he’s an exciting prospect.

“Our trainer keeps telling us he’s got more developing to come and with that will come even better performances.

“It’s a difficult one because the recent loss of Redoute’s Choice leaves a gaping opening there for a horse like The Autumn Sun to come in being his best son ever.

“It’s a torturous decision but we’ll get to it in the next 24 to 48 hours.”