A Randwick track rating of a Good 4 will suit the odds on favourite The Autumn Sun when he chases a fourth Group 1 trophy in the $1m Mostyn Copper Randwick Guineas (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.
The Autumn Sun resumed for his 2019 Sydney Autumn Carnival campaign with a first up win on a rain affected track in the Group 2 $400,000 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) at Rosehill on February 23 and trainer Chris Waller is looking forward to seeing the Redoute’s Choice colt get back on top of the ground.
“He has come through his first up run very well. I am hoping that we get a better track on Saturday, not that he doesn’t handle the wet but I think he is a little more effective and gets his chance to show his brilliance on the good track,” Waller wrote in his weekend preview of his runners.
Waller said that The Autumn Sun will line up a fitter horse in the Randwick Guineas and the step up to the 1600m is also a plus.
“He goes into Saturday’s race a couple of kilos heavier, as well as being fitter,” Waller said.
“The mile (1600m) will be no problem to him and barrier four looks an ideal gate and his work during the week has been excellent.”
Kerrin McEvoy has been aboard The Autumn Sun for the majority of his races, including two of his three Group 1 wins, and has been given the job again in the Randwick Guineas.
The Autumn Sun has drawn barrier four in the nine horse Randwick Guineas field and maintains his spot at the top of the market order as the $1.55 favourite at Ladbrokes.com.au.
The closest to The Autumn Sun in the betting is the Mark Newnham trained Nakeeta Jane at $6 and the filly is making a quick back up after scoring a last stride win in the Group 1 $500,000 Surround Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last Saturday.
Nakeeta Jane will jump from the outside gate with Josh Parr in the saddle again.