Bonfire joins Gai Waterhouse in Australia
Last Updated: 29/10/13 4:24pm
Bonfire: Sold to race in Australia
Bonfire, winner of the Dante Stakes in 2012, has been sold for 120,000 guineas to race for Gai Waterhouse in Australia.
The Andrew Balding-trained four-year-old was bought by Johnny McKeever on behalf of Waterhouse at Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sales.
"I think at that money he is a great buy," said McKeever. "He vetted clean and the tie forward operation he has had is not a big deal.
"Andrew Balding recommended him - in fact wanted to get him back - and the horse has so much ability with a change of scene and a different way of training, it might just click. It all depends on how they adapt."
Bonfire, who carried the colours of Highclere Thoroughbred Racing, was sent off second favourite for the Investec Derby on the strength of his Group Two York win but was only sixth to Camelot.
He was found to be lame after finishing sixth in the Eclipse behind Nathaniel last July.
Subsequently gelded, he returned to action this season and has been placed in three of his four starts.