Group I Coolmore Stud Stakes Trifecta for Zoustar

Widden Stud's exciting young sire Zoustar always looked to have a strong hand in the Group I VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday with three top chances and they delivered the dream result with a sensational win for Sunlight, the lone filly in the field over Zousain and Lean Mean Machine. 

Winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, the Tony McEvoy trained filly was dominant over the colts last season so it wasn't the hardest choice for him to allow Sunlight to take her chance against the colts in this elite sprint worth $1million.

Arrowfield Buys Into The Autumn Sun

Arrowfield Stud principal John Messara, AM has today announced the acquisition of a 50 per cent interest in Australia's top colt The Autumn Sun from owner Hermitage Thoroughbreds.

He says, "I am very pleased to join Hermitage in the ownership of The Autumn Sun to race him and then develop his breeding career.

"It just seems Arrowfield is the rightful place for this colt's future at stud – after all, we bred and sold him in partnership with The Aga Khan Studs, and we launched and stood his champion sire and grand-sire."

"He has physique, athleticism and pedigree, all of the highest order, and I couldn't be more excited about the prospect of standing him at Arrowfield."

The Autumn Sun winning the BRC JJ Atkins S. G1. (PHOTO: Mark Gatt)

John Messara also assumes responsibility for managing The Autumn Sun's racing career.

Top Siremaking Races - is the best a Group 2?

This weekend sees the running of the Caulfield Guineas – long lauded as a "Sire Making" race, so we thought we'd have a look at just which races do actually point to the top sires, and you could mount a strong argument the best race isn't even a Group One.

For the point of the exercise we went back 10 seasons and took the leading sires by prizemoney for the General, First Season and Second Season tables, and in the event the leading stallion raced overseas we replaced it with the highest ranked horse that raced in Australia – 19 stallions in total.

  General (Best Aus) First Season Second Season (Best Aus)
2017 Snitzel Pierro Foxwedge
2016 Street Cry (Not A Single Doubt) Smart Missile Hinchinbrook
2015 Fastnet Rock Hinchinbrook Medaglia D'Oro (I Am Invincible)
2014 Redoute's Choice I Am Invincible Sebring
2013 Exceed And Excel Northern Meteor Casino Prince
2012 Fastnet Rock Casino Prince Artie Schiller (Written Tycoon)
2011 Lonhro Written Tycoon Stratum
2010 Redoute's Choice Stratum Fastnet Rock
2009 Encosta De Lago Charge Forward Exceed And Excel
2008 Encosta De Lago Exceed And Excel Hussonet (Choisir)

Then we simply took their careers and compared firstly the races they competed in, and then the races they won.

As far as races where the best stallions compete, the top races are indeed the Golden Slipper and Caulfield Guineas but winning is not necessarily a pre-requisite.

What Is He Worth Now? The Autumn Sun Swoops in the Golden Rose

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.

Star Colt Returns for Victoria's Champion Sire

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.

Written Tycoon - image Grant Courtney

Written Tycoon - image Grant Courtney

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.

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