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Tinkler Confirms Patinack European Racing Plans
Patinack Farm principal Nathan Tinkler, "the emerging force in Australian bloodstock who in a year has acquired 250 yearlings, 140 mares, 4 stallions & a major stud farm in NSW, plans to extend his burgeoning bloodstock empire into Britain," reported racingpost.co.uk. Tinkler confirmed he "intends to send yearlings whom he bought in Japan on Monday to Europe to be trained & that he has a couple of trainers on his shortlist for the task". Tinkler bought 5 yearlings at the Japan Racing Horse Association July Select Sale (including fillies by Alkaased, Shamardal & Stravinsky). Although Tinkler "declined to specify names, Luca Cumani is thought to be a front-runner to receive the filly by Alkaased, a horse the Bedford Lodge trainer saddled to win the 2005 Gr1 Japan Cup. The filly, purchased from Darley's consignment for ¥23 million (US$214,000) is from the family of Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Moon Ballad". Nicolas Clement "has also been named as likely to receive yearlings from Tinkler, who has (competing in) France's Gr1 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe high on his wish list". Tinkler's "ultimate goal is to found a racing & breeding business including properties, racing stables & stallions across the globe". Tinkler commented from Japan: "I obviously like the European Classics, the Oaks, the Derby & those sorts of races. They're very appealing races to win for anyone in the business. Ultimately, we want to end up with stud operations in the northern & southern hemispheres. We're very keen on racing in Europe & Japan & the US, so we want to become a global player."