TBNSW Breeders Update Winter/Spring 2018 - Page 11



Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock x Legally Bay)
Leicester returned a Timeform
rating of 108, which was below the
figure reached by his stablemates
over the last two years (Volatile Mix
110; Howard Be Thy Name 111) and
was the lowest-rating SA Derby win
since Shadows In The Sun (107) in 2011.
It was a career peak for Leicester
though and his third time rating in
triple figures, improving from the
105 he recorded when winning the
Chairman’s Stakes.
Two Year Olds
The Winter Carnival played host to
an exciting three-year-old prospect
for next season with The Autumn
Sun claiming the Group 1 J.J. Atkins
Stakes (1600m) at Doomben on June 9.
Off two soft wins in Sydney, the
Redoute’s Choice colt arrived in
Brisbane looking to taste Group 1
success at just his third career start.
Things weren’t made easy for The
Autumn Sun either after he settled
back and wide.
Despite that, The Autumn Sun,
ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, was able to
peel out deep on the turn and make
good ground in the straight to edge
out stablemate Zousain in second
with Fundamentalist third.
The Chris Waller-trained runner
returned a new career peak
Timeform figure of 113+, five pounds
above his previous win over 1400m
at Randwick.
NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Winter/Spring 2018
Sopressa (So You Think x Hidden Strings)
The son of Redoute’s Choice
measures up well to recent winners,
seven pounds above 2017 winner
Capital Gain and just two pounds
below 2016 winner Sacred Elixir who
ran to 115p.
After going unbeaten through a
maiden prep which culminated with
a Group 1 victory, The Autumn Sun
could be capable of substantial
improvement in the spring with the
Group 1 Caulfield Guineas a likely
target.
Chris Waller has long sent his
late season two-year-olds to the
Brisbane Winter Carnival and for
good results.
Youngstar (High Chaparral x Starspangled)
The Autumn Sun will likely follow
in the footsteps of former Chris
Waller-trained runner Press
Statement who claimed the J.J.
Atkins – Caulfield Guineas double in
2015. He first claimed the J.J. Atkins
Stakes in 2010 with Pressday.
Other two-year-olds Chris Waller
has taken to Brisbane in past
seasons who ran second in the J.J.
Atkins Stakes include Zoustar and
Brazen Beau.
Both colts went on to become dual
Group 1 winners during their threeyear-old season, a piece of history
which bodes well for 2018 J.J.
Atkins runner up Zousain.
The Autumn Sun (Redoute_s Choice x
Azmiyna)
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