Leading American colt Verrazano will next season be trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien, Coolmore have confirmed.

The former Todd Pletcher-trained four-year-old is a two-times Grade One winner and is now due to remain in competitive action, rather than be retired to stud at Ashford Stud in Kentucky.

Ashford Stud manager Dermot Ryan said: "Being the best son of More Than Ready who is doing so well as a sire in Australia, we feel that a European campaign would raise his profile when the time comes for him to shuttle there."

Verrazano was one of the best American three-year-olds in training and was last seen finishing third in the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in November.

Pletcher told www.coolmore.com: "It makes sense for Verrazano to move to Europe as he has achieved so much already here.

"The owners (John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith) love to have their best horses run at Royal Ascot and a win there would be of great benefit to his stallion career."