Bonfire, winner of the UK Dante Stakes in 2012, has been sold for 120,000 guineas to race for Gai Waterhouse in Australia, reports At The Races. 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. 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, 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.