Melbourne Cup placegetter sold
Northern Hemisphere three-year-old Il Paradiso will continue his career for an Australian trainer after changing ownership three days after his Melbourne Cup placing.
Melbourne-based businessman Aziz “Ozzie” Kheir has led an Australian consortium to acquire a controlling interest of Il Paradiso with the horse set to join Chris Waller.
Il Paradiso finished third as a $15 chance for Aidan O’Brien in Tuesday’s $8 million Lexus Melbourne Cup (3200m), promoted into the placings after stewards upheld their protest against Master of Reality.
Coolmore Stud owned Il Paradiso in partnership with Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith and had received several expressions of interest following his Cup performance.
Il Paradiso (USA)
|3 – 24||W.M.Lordan||FLEM||5 NOV 19||3200m||MELB CUP||52.5kg||0.3L||$15||%|
|5 – 8||P.Beggy||DONC||14 SEP 19||2922m||GB ST LEGER||57.5kg||5.3L||$9||%|
|3 – 4||W.M.Lordan||YOR.||23 AUG 19||3250m||LONSDALE CUP||53kg||1.3L||$21||%|
|1 – 6||W.M.Lordan||CURR||21 JUL 19||3200m||HCP||52.5kg||12L||$2|
|7 – 8||W.M.Lordan||CURR||29 JUN 19||2414m||IRISH DERBY||57kg||17.8L||$41|
Kheir reached an agreement with Coolmore on Thursday before the deal was finalised after Il Paradiso was vetted on Friday. Coolmore will retain a part-share in the son of Galileo.
“It’s a privilege to be able to secure the colt and race him alongside Coolmore,” Kheir said.
“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.
“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.
“Tom Magnier, who has been an absolute gentleman, is an example of great people in racing and why I love the sport. For somebody in such a powerful position and yet be so down to earth is a credit to him and the Coolmore brand.”
Il Paradiso joins Kheir’s impressive portfolio of racehorses with part-shares in the likes of Yes Yes Yes, Finche, Marmelo, Kings Will Dream, Verry Elleegant, Groundswell and Thought of That.
Kheir has already experienced Melbourne Cup success when the Australian Bloodstock-managed Protectionist won in 2014.
BetEasy have Il Paradiso as $26 equal favourite for the 2020 Melbourne Cup alongside Vow And Declare, Shared Ambition and Surprise Baby.