The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Still The Goal, Golden Eagle ‘Plan B’

December 6, 2018

The Autumn Sun: Cox Plate Still The Goal, Golden Eagle ‘Plan B’

Three-time Group 1 winner The Autumn Sun has opened as the favourite following yesterday’s announcement of Rosehill’s new $7.5 million race, The Golden Eagle (1500m).

Set to rival Victoria Derby Day on November 2, The Autumn Sun is the $2.80 favourite with Ladbrokes on the first line of betting.

Chris Waller’s three-year old pooled over $3 million in prize-money this Spring winning consecutive Group 1 starts, including the Golden Rose Stakes (1400m) and the Caulfield Guineas (1600m).

The Autumn Sun could not have been more impressive in the Golden Rose Stakes at Rosehill Gardens this afternoon. Photo by: Steve Hart

The Autumn Sun remains the favourite for both the Cox Plate and The Golden Eagle in 2019. Photo by: Steve Hart

But as enticing as The Golden Eagle prize-money is, part-owner Oliver Koolman still thinks connections will target next year’s Cox Plate (2040m).

“The Spring will probably be the Cox Plate, and the new race would be the B-plan if something went wrong and he missed something preparing for a Cox Plate” Koolman told Sky Racing on Thursday.

“He’s beaten them at two (year’s old) at Group 1 level, three at Group 1 level over distances at 1400m and 1600m, and whilst that appears to be nice at this stage, we’d like to see him step out to 2000m if we’re going to train him on.”

With mighty mare Winx’s future still uncertain, the path looks clear for The Autumn Sun to contest Moonee Valley’s richest race.

In the meantime, Koolman has his sights set on the Randwick Guineas (1600m) on March 9, but admits there’s very few boxes left to tick.

“He probably doesn’t need to do a hell of a lot more than he’s already done, there’s only a couple things on the bucket list and that is to see him stretched out to a mile and a quarter, and then send him out to stud.”

The Autumn Sun is the $6.00 favourite with Ladbrokes ahead of next year’s Cox Plate, followed by international raider Benbatl ($16) and Darren Weir’s six-year old veteran Humidor ($21).

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Military Mission Fires in 2023...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field �...

Zipping Classic 2023 Field & Odds Update: Vow And Declare Defends Title

Danny O’Brien’s 2019 Melbourne Cup winner Vow And Declare continues to show a...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbott...

Overpass Heads 2023 Winterbottom Stakes Field & Betting Markets

Bjron Baker’s The Everest performer Overpass is tipped to return to winning...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 R...

Osipenko Leads The Gong 2023 Race Field & Betting

The Chris Waller-trained Pierro four-year-old Osipenko is firm favourite in...

2023 Railway Stakes Field ...

2023 Railway Stakes Field & Betting Update: Tuvalu Narrow Favourite

The Lindsey Smith-trained top-weight Tuvalu is narrow favourite in the latest...

Horse Racing Today

Stradbroke Calls For 2024 The ...

Numerian Wins Hollindale Stake...

Numerian Wins Hollindale Stakes 2024 First-Up, Firms in Doomben Cup Betting

Trainer Annabel Neasham made it four straight wins in the A.D. Hollindale...

2024 SA Derby Winner Coco Sun ...

2024 SA Derby Winner Coco Sun Aims at Queensland Oaks

Brisbane’s Queensland Oaks is a likely winter target for the talented Tony...

Guineas Winner Kintyre Unlikel...

Guineas Winner Kintyre Unlikely for 2024 Queensland Derby

Connections of the high-flying Kintyre are unlikely to press onto the...

Victory Stakes Winner Antino R...

Victory Stakes Winner Antino Rockets into Stradbroke 2024 Favouritism

Antino finally lived up to the hype of trainer Tony Gollan who had been...

Race Results

Stradbroke Calls For 2024 The Goodwood Winner Benedetta

Numerian Wins Hollindale Stakes 2024 First-Up, Firms in Doomben Cup Betting

2024 SA Derby Winner Coco Sun Aims at Queensland Oaks

Guineas Winner Kintyre Unlikely for 2024 Queensland Derby

Victory Stakes Winner Antino Rockets into Stradbroke 2024 Favouritism

Race Previews

I Wish I Win Heads 2024 Doomben 10,000 Field & Betting

Huetor Heads 2024 AD Hollindale Stakes Field & Odds

2024 The Goodwood Race Field & Betting Update: Amelia’s Jewel Favourite, Learning To Fly Scratched

2024 South Australian Derby Field & Betting Update: Coco Sun Set to Shine

Fawkner Park Heads Wagga Wagga Gold Cup 2024 Field & Odds

Fields & Form

I Wish I Win Heads 2024 Doomben 10,000 Field & Betting

Huetor Heads 2024 AD Hollindale Stakes Field & Odds

2024 The Goodwood Race Field & Betting Update: Amelia’s Jewel Favourite, Learning To Fly Scratched

Guineas Winner Kintyre Unlikely for 2024 Queensland Derby

Victory Stakes Winner Antino Rockets into Stradbroke 2024 Favouritism