The striking Redoute's Choice colt The Autumn Sun took his place at the top of the most desirable stallion prospects in the land when he came from last to overhaul his stablemate Zousain in Saturday's $1 million Group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens.
Given an ice-cold ride by Kerrin McEvoy, The Autumn Sun charged home over the last 250 metres to defeat Zousain (Zoustar) by a short-neck with the favourite Graff (Star Witness) three-quarter of a length back in third. (photos Steve Hart)
Winner of the $600,000 Group 1 JJ Atkins Plate (1600m) at Doomben last season at two, the Chris Waller-trained colt advances his record to 4 wins and 1 third from 5 starts with earnings of $1,113,021.
'I guess I don't have to say too much, he's a very good horse. When the draw came out and he drew 11 of 11 it wasn't going to be easy," Waller said.
"I know how good he is and for him to finish off over the top it was very special.
Boom Written Tycoon colt Written By didn't disappoint his fans when he returned to the track with a successful start to his spring campaign over 1000 metres at Caulfield on Saturday.
The Victorian sired Blue Diamond Stakes winner, Australia's highest rated 2YO colt last season, had not raced since running third in the Golden Slipper Stakes in March.
Woodside Park's James Price believes Written By is looking like good, if not better than last season appearing to be a stronger and more mature three-year-old.
Trained by Mick Price for a syndicate headed be Segenhoe Thoroughbreds in whose colours she runs, Miss Admiration as third up from a spell in the 2400 meter staying contest and won with authority, cruising home to score by a length and three-quarters with Jay Ford in the saddle.
Soon after his grandson Showtime won the P B Lawrence Stakes G2 at Caulfield, Redoute's Choice himself took the stage, when his son Super Maxi became his 160th stakeswinner. The 5YO gelding capped a good winter campaign in with a convincing, all-the-way victory in the $100,000 WATC Belmont Newmarket 1200m LR, defeating Yeah Dardy and Rebel King.
It was his first success beyond 1100 metres which puts a Perth summer sprint campaign on the cards. Team Hawkes have prepared both horses, with Showtime among their current stars, and Super Maxi the winner of four races as a 3YO in Sydney for Arrowfield and Wayne McGuire.
Super Maxi was then sold to Perth trainer Chris Gangemi who has enjoyed considerable success with Arrowfield stable graduates, notably the multiple Group winner and Group 1 performer Rock Magic (also by Redoute's Choice).
Super Maxi was bred by Dr Dennis Bowden, David Goldfinch & Wayne McGuire from their fine racemare Ocean Challenger (by Rubiton), whose eight wins included the 2011 MVRC Tesio S. G3.
The 2017/18 Australian Racing season has concluded and Reward for Effort has again provided a model of consistency for Victorian Breeders.
In the past season, Reward For Effort sired a whopping 96 individual Australian Winners of 146 wins.
In the past week he's sired a tough 2YO winner Reward For Silence, Sydney Winner Gwenneth as well as the exciting prospect of Fancy Rumble who placed third behind Nature Strip and Sunlight in the Lightning Stakes. The dam of Fancy Rumble has been booked back to Reward For Effort this season. Placing fourth in the Lightning Stakes was Thompson's Reward.
96 individual Winners puts Reward For Effort in the top 20 for Australian Sires and 3rd in Victoria behind Written Tycoon and Magnus who respectively have 4 and 3 extra crops of racing age.