Horse syndication company ATB has purchased a 40 per cent share in Melbourne Cup contender Unusual Suspect.
ATB, which stands for Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, is based at Manningtree Park Stud in central Victoria.
Unusual Suspect is currently 11th in the order of entry for the $6 million Melbourne Cup on Tuesday Nov 1 and failing injury will take his place in the race.
The seven-year-old won two of his 18 race starts in America before travelling to Australia for the spring racing carnival.
While he is yet to win a race down under, the Unusual Heat entire finished sixth behind Pinker Pinker in the $3 million Cox Plate last Saturday.
“We are pleased to announce that ATB with a group of our owners have secured a 40% interest in the USA bred stayer Unusual Suspect who is scheduled to run in the McKinnon Stakes and this years Melbourne Cup,” ATB owners Darren and Liz Dance said.
“Unusual Suspect will look to become the second American bred horse in successive years to salute in what is one of the world’s richest races.
“Congratulations to those who joined us and we look forward to a very exciting ride over the next 10 days.”
While there is no confirmation as to how much ATB purchased their share in the Melbourne Cup runner for, initial reports are that they paid in the vicinity of $650,000.