Melbourne Cup third Il Paradiso, has left Aidan O’Brien and will continue his career in Australia.
The three-year-old was baulked in running at a crucial stage at Flemington, but still passed the post fourth, before being promoted following the relegation of Master Of Reality.
Il Paradiso will join trainer Chris Waller, having been purchased by an Aziz Kheir-led Australian consortium.
Coolmore will retain a part-share in the son of Galileo, while Kheir also has ownership in the Hughie Morrion-trained Marmelo.
He told www.racing.com: “It’s a privilege to be able to secure the colt and race him alongside Coolmore.
“He will be raced by partners who also raced Marmelo with me — including my brother Victor, Phil Mehrten and John O’Neill.
“The four of us had an absolute blast racing Marmelo over the last three years, watching his races in Europe overnight and nearly completing three Melbourne Cup attempts if it wasn’t for the CT scan saga.”
Kheir intends to race his latest acquisition both in Australia and internationally.
He added: “Il Paradiso is a young horse — he’s only had nine starts, and we hope to enjoy the next few years racing him, taking the baton over from Marmelo.
“We’re not only looking to race in Australia but also looking to continue racing abroad, like we did with Marmelo.
“We know there were many parties interested in him, but we’re grateful Coolmore have decided to pursue us and race the horse together.”