Here comes the sun: The Autumn Sun is an odds-on favourite for the Rosehill Guineas. (Image: AAP)

The Autumn Sun could set after the Rosehill Guineas

March 20 2019

Managing owner John Messara can’t wait to see The Autumn Sun over 2000m in Saturday’s Rosehill Guineas with an eye to the future but it will only happen on a drying surface.

The future remains uncertain for the boom colt – taking on Winx or running in the Doncaster are options but a career at Arrowfield Stud appears to be getting closer.

He could be at stud this year or shooting for the Cox Plate, if trainer Chris Waller gets his wish to see him as mature horse in the spring.

“He is the future of Arrowfield Stud and we will be making our decision with that in mind in concert with our fellow owners,” Messara said. “We wouldn’t start him on a bog track on Saturday but the weather has turned and we will run on a slow track.

“There are two races for him after Saturday and everyone knows them – the Doncaster and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes – if he was to have another run.

“He is at some point going to follow in the footsteps of Danehill, Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel on the farm but the decision when has not been made.

“Chris would love to have him for another year because he is only 490 kilos and still has a bit of maturing to do.”

The Autumn Sun is a $1.55 favourite for the Guineas as he looks for a fifth group 1 after his remarkable surge to victory in the Randwick Guineas.

Messara wouldn’t be drawn on what he has to do to set up the dream clash with Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on April 13. He just want him to win again.

“It is his first time at 2000m, so it is unknown. We are all excited about seeing him at the trip because it looks as if it will be where he is comfortable,” Messara said.

“We just want to him win again and then we will sit down and make a decision. There are options coming in from around the world but he is very valuable and it would make it tough to do that.”

The comparisons between The Autumn Sun and Winx will continue to be made with their races starting the group 1 fare on Saturday and only 40 minutes apart.

Winx will have eight rivals as she tries to win a fourth George Ryder Stakes after Teleplay was added to the field just after acceptances.

“She’s very fresh and she’s just thriving,” Waller said earlier in the week. “That’s Winx, she’s just ready to explode. It makes my job a lot easier.

“We just want to make sure she’s safe and set for another couple of runs. It’s one run at a time still but obviously we know the Queen Elizabeth is there.”

– Chris Roots, Sydney Morning Herald