Exosphere sold to Australia
Sir Michael Stoute's Exosphere has been sold to continue his career in Australia with the Emirates Melbourne Cup a likely target.
Exosphere has been sold to race in Australia
The four-year-old, winner of the Jockey Club Stakes earlier this season, is currently favourite for the Caulfield Cup and has been bought to run in that before going for glory at Flemington, for which he has been allocated a weight of 55kg (8st 9lb).
He has been purchased by a syndicate with the aim of competing in Asia and Dubai in the future and the same owner has also agreed a deal to send three mares to be covered by Frankel to southern hemisphere time
Melbourne businessman Ozzie Kheir, a member of the syndicate, told www.g1x.com.au: "The team has worked hard to get this deal done and grow that relationship with Juddmonte.
"I am so excited to have a horse like Exosphere as well as the three mares in foal to Frankel, one of the all time greats.
"The idea was to buy a horse to win the Caulfield and Melbourne Cup, and then train on to run at the Hong Kong International meeting and hopefully earn an invitation to the Japan Cup. We bought him to run in the best races around the world.
"He's had excuses in three runs since that (Newmarket) win, but his times say that he's a high class horse. We left no stone unturned to make sure he was a prospect worth buying."
He will be trained by Lee and Anthony Freedman but as an Australian horse of the same name has only recently retired, Exosphere will need to be renamed.
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