Il Paradiso sold to Australia-based owners and Capri is retired

Fri 8 Nov 2019

Il Paradiso, who finished a luckless third for Aidan O’Brien in this week’s Melbourne Cup, has been sold to continue his career in Australia.

The three-year-old passed the post fourth in Tuesday’s two-mile Group One, but was later promoted after the stewards decided to relegate original second Master Of Reality two places following interference in the closing stages.

Il Paradiso is set to join trainer Chris Waller after Melbourne-based businessman Aziz Kheir led an Australian consortium to acquire a controlling interest in the Galileo colt.

Coolmore will retain a part-share – and Kheir, who also has the Hughie Morrion-trained Marmelo among his runners, is excited to have another stayer to campaign.

He told “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.”

Meanwhile, Aidan O’Brien’s 2017 Irish Derby and St Leger winner Capri has been retired and will stand as a National Hunt stallion at Coolmore’s Grange Stud.

Winner of the prestigious Beresford Stakes at two, he was beaten in his first three starts at three before Classic glory at the Curragh.

He had Cracksman, Wings Of Eagles and Waldgeist behind him there, before beating Crystal Ocean and Stradivarius in the St Leger at Doncaster.

A setback early in his four-year-old career saw him miss the summer in 2018, while he failed to sparkle in seven starts this year.

“Capri is a fine, big horse with a good head and a great walk,” Albert Sherwood of Grange Stud told

“He was a very high class two-year-old and defeated all the best middle-distance colts of his generation as a three-year-old before again showing high class form at four. We couldn’t be more delighted that he’s coming to Grange.”

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