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Royal Ascot On Agenda for The Autumn Sun
Chris Waller has revealed that emerging superstar The Autumn Sun is a "very good" chance of embarking on a European campaign next year, reports Racing Post. The prodigiously talented colt stamped himself as the second best horse in Australia behind stable-mate Winx following his stunning 4.5 length romp in last weekend's Gr1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in Melbourne. The Autumn Sun has hitherto won 5 of his 6 starts, including three Group 1s, namely the Caulfield Guineas, Golden Rose & JJ Atkins Plate, for $2,321,521 in earnings. Waller said if The Autumn Sun were to showcase his talent on the world stage it would most likely be at next year's Royal Ascot carnival given his huge value as a stallion prospect. "We've got to weigh up how a high profile three-year-old colt fits in to racing against Europe's best horses on a slightly uneven weight scale. At Ascot he'd still be three, but having to race against older horses off level weights," Waller said. "We've not quite worked out a distance yet. It would be either the Diamond Jubilee over six furlongs or Queen Anne over a mile. I think there's a very good chance he'll go, but ultimately the owners have the final say." Waller added: "We'd probably have to travel in 2019 as colts get retired so early I doubt he'd still be racing in June 2020 as his value at stud is already huge, so if he's to go it would have to be next year." The Autumn Sun holds enormous appeal as a dual hemisphere stallion. Not only is he by multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, but he is out of the unraced Galileo mare Azmiyna, a half-sister to the Aga Khan's ill-fated multiple Gr1 winner and former Brighthill Farm shuttler Azamour (Night Shift-Asmara, by Lear Fan).