Rios to join O'Brien stable

Melbourne trainer Danny O'Brien will take over the preparation of classy Kiwi four-year-old Rios for his spring campaign.

Rios will be transferred from NZ trainers Murray and Bjorn Baker to O'Brien following Waikato Stud's purchase of a share in the half brother to AJC Derby winner Roman Emperor.

Waikato Stud will race the Group 2 winner in partnership with his original owners Andy Chan and Stuart Hale.

"We heard the owners were contemplating sending him over to Aussie and were looking to defray some of the expenses so we took the punt,” said Waikato Stud's Gary Chittick.

"When I found out they were thinking of sending him to Danny (O'Brien) that made me more interested.

"I thought we could have a bit of fun racing him and it's a reasonable punt to have a leg in if he enhances his reputation."

Waikato Stud has been a big backer of the O'Brien stable with the trainer preparing dual GI winner Glamour Puss for Chittick and partners.

O'Brien will be training a colt by Redoute's Choice from Glamour Puss for Waikato Stud next season.

"Rios is going to spell then be brought up and sent over to Danny to do the best he can with him," said Chittick.

"We've got no set plans. It's up to the horse and Danny."

The Bakers have trained Rios to win six of his 20 starts including last season's victory over Alamosa in the G2I Wellington Guineas at Trentham.

Rios was also G1 placed in the 2000 Guineas at Riccarton and was second in the G2 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill when he raced in Sydney.

He has won three races this season including his last start victory in a Listed race over 1600m at Awapuni on April 25.

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