A few too many drinks at a horse auction can be a recipe for disaster. But for the McCallum Edwards Racing team, it turned out to be a godsend when a spur of the moment decision by one of their owners resulted in the purchase of WA Oaks winner Autumn Moon at the 2021 WA APG Yearling Sale.

Trainer Luke Edwards said first time owner Graeme Michell had already bought a filly for $80,000 and only decided to stick his hand up for another late in the sale.

He bought the Captain Treacherous filly, later named Autumn Moon, for $38,000 virtually sight unseen. She was the last filly in the sale.

“Graeme actually went to the sale to buy the half sister to Shockwave. They paid $80k and got her,” Edwards said.

After few celebratory ales he asked Edwards if he should buy another yearling.

“Anyway, long story short they just put their hand up for the last filly going in the sale,” Edwards said.

“Didn’t go to buy her or even look at her until she was on stage. They just wanted her to keep the other filly company. Turns out this couple of drinks were well worth it.”

Autumn Moon took her stake earnings to $296,000 when she won the Group 1 Oaks on October 6.

The iron tough filly has gathered a huge following with her strength and courage. There was at least 40 people on the track for the winning photograph after the Oaks win.

“One owner pulled out and I bought a share that I syndicated out to some of my first owners, including my parents in law – Peter and Anne Marie Simmonds,” Edwards said.

“About five of the main shareholders are first time owners. The Michell brothers Will and Lachy, Ray Behan and Justin Schwartz. They are really good lads who just let us do our thing and come to the races and enjoy her. A great bunch of owners.
“There’s 10 in the syndicate and probably five or so other shareholders but everyone comes up to watch her and cheer her on. She’s the people’s horse.”

Autumn Moon showed a lot of promise as a two-year-old but really came of age this season, winning nine of her 11 starts and $250,000 in stakes.

“She is out in the paddock now. She was a bit quiet the day after the Oaks. She gave everything she had,” Edwards said.

“We will give her a good spell and come back next year.

“Every time she has gone out, she comes back stronger. This last spell she came back looking like a colt.

“She’s still learning for sure. I’m sure after a spell and some harder racing she will improve.

“She doesn’t care what she races. She will just park up outside a horse and it’s as if she says ‘ok let’s go as hard as we can and your going to get tired before me’.

“She loves her work and has a massive will to win.”

Autumn Moon was bred by Harry Capararo in Albany. The Albany nursery has produced a host of top winners.

Her dam My Samantha Jane was a good race mare, winning 15 races and $166,000 in stakes.

“She’s not much to look at. She’s pretty plain but I liked her breeding and the Captain Treacherous stock back then had a bit of a wrap on them in the States but were fairly unknown over here.

“She’s had a wonderful season and we are just so thankful for all the joy she has brought to many people, the new people she gets to the races and the amazing journey she is taking us on. We’re just going along for the ride.”