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The Autumn Sun

Could The Autumn Sun’s G1 Rosehill Guineas victory be his last?

THE Autumn Sun may have run his last race this preparation according to part-owner John Messara, which poses the question, will we ever see the five-time Group 1 winner on a racetrack again?


Speaking on Sky Sports Radio on Sunday morning, Messara indicated that he expects a call from trainer Chris Waller to say his valuable colt may have done enough this campaign.


And with mares already lined up for the next phase of his career, it could certainly be possible that The Autumn Sun could be retired after only nine starts.


“He (Chris Waller) sent a note last night that the colt has pulled up well,” Messara said.


“He has had two gut busters now, I’m expecting a call to give him a spell really, that is what I think he will want to be doing.


“He has had three runs this prep, two Group 1s and a Group 2 and he has won them all but they have been tough runs so It wouldn’t surprise me if he proposes he has a bit of a spell now.”


Messara said he plans to sit down with a fellow part-owner who is based in Hong Kong in the coming weeks to discuss the next move.


There have been suggestions he could travel to Europe or the UK with a possible tilt at Royal Ascot, but when making such a decision it needs to be kept in mind that the breeding season starts in September.


“Chris (Waller) keeps saying that you haven’t seen the best of him yet, even though he has done incredible things, there is more to come purely from the point of maturity both mental and physical,” he said.


“The part owner, the original owner of the horse, lives in Hong Kong, and I wrote him a note last night saying we have to get together and have a chat about this (his future).


“So I’m waiting to have a chat about this over the next couple of weeks and see where we go from here.


“I’ve got an open mind on it and I will see what our partner in the horse thinks to be fair and we will sit down and make a joint decision.”


Messara was full of praise for The Autumn Sun’s effort to win the Rosehill Guineas, even though he is of the belief the horse wasn’t comfortable in the heavy conditions.


“I don’t think he enjoyed it much, he was out on his legs about 100m out according to the jockey but he hung on and fought, it was all heart yesterday really,” he said.


“It is hard to make a judgement about yesterday, on face value I would say he is more of a miler.


“But it was a track that most thought was probably worse than an eight, even those it was categorised as an eight, it felt more than an eight, it was more like a nine or a ten, it was a proper heavy track.


“He has gone from a mile from 2000m on a heavy track, he did get it, and the time they ran was close to the Ranvet, they weren’t ambling, it was similar to the weight-for-age race.


“It is difficult to draw much out of it other than this is a horse with a big heart.”