A Cox Plate clash with champion stablemate Winx remains on the table for The Autumn Sun, pictured, after he confirmed his star status with a four-and-a-half length demolition job of his rivals in Saturday’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m).
Chris Waller’s glamour colt was posted three-wide for the entire race but jockey James McDonald was unfazed, taking the lead from Native Soldier at the 300m and racing away to put a gap on runner-up Vassilator and top filly Oohood.
It was a third Group 1 win in six starts for the son of Redoute’s Choice and Waller said a decision on his next run, or whether he is sent for a spell, will be made in conjunction with the owners in the coming days.
McDonald was cautious despite the scintillating display.
“I wouldn’t go to the Cox Plate as she (Winx) is too good for everyone,” McDonald said.