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Dante Stakes Winner Sold To Australia
Last year's Gr2 Dante Stakes winner Bonfire (Manduro-Night Frolic, by Night Shift) has been sold for 120,000 guineas to race in Australia for Gai Waterhouse, reports attheraces.com. The Andrew Balding-trained 4YO was bought by Johnny McKeever on behalf of Waterhouse at the Tattersalls Autumn Horses In Training Sales on Tuesday. "I think at that money he is a great buy. He vetted clean and the tie forward operation he has had is not a big deal," said McKeever. "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 was sent off second favourite for last year's Derby on the strength of his Dante win, but could only manage sixth behind Camelot. He was subsequently found to be lame when finishing sixth behind Nathaniel in the Gr1 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown. The lightly raced son of Manduro certainly possesses plenty of upside, having raced on just 9 occasions for 2 wins & 4 placings, including the Gr1 Criterium International in France.