Monday, 2 June 2008
: Hosted by Channel 10's Sandra Sully and with entertainer David Campbell closing out proceedings, Patinack Farm launched with a bang at Palazzo Versace on the Gold Coast overnight.
Comic Vince Sorrenti was also part of a star-studded line-up at the “Patinack Farm 2008 Showcase Event”, which included Olympic swimmer Elka Graham being named as “the face of Patinack Farm.”
But the star of the show was the man behind Patinack, Nathan Tinkler, who was interviewed by Sky Channel's Andrew Bensley during the proceedings.
Tinkler touched on his rise to wealth and how he raced several horses before getting his first winner.
He also told of how he originally planned to open a farm in Victoria this year, in addition to the Hunter Valley farm.
But the sale of the identified Victorian property did not go through and as a result, Wonderful World is standing for Patinack at Mike Becker's Independent Stallions in Victoria.
Patinack's Hunter Valley base will be home to Casino Prince, Husson and Beautiful Crown, who previously stood for Andrew and Lasca Bowcock's Alanbridge Stud.
Andrew Bowcock is now Patinack's Farm Manager.
Tinkler said Patinack Farm had been a vision long in the making.
He naturally has a real soft spot for Casino Prince, the son of Flying Spur who gave the owner his first Group 1 win when taking out the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) earlier in the year.
He is hoping the four-year-old can close out his career on a high in this Saturday's Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm.
After attending each of his runs in Melbourne – without a win – Tinkler elected to stay away from the Chipping Norton meeting, believing he was 'mocking' the entire.
But he intends to be on course to watch Casino Prince in his swansong this week.
Tinkler said he takes an active interest in the selection of the yearlings, but prefers to shun the limelight at the sales, leaving that to his buying team, which is headed by Bloodstock Manager Roger Langley.
Of the 200 plus yearlings secured by Patinack this year, Tinkler said about two thirds had gone to the breakers and he was pleased with the early reports.
Urged by Bensley to nominate a single standout, Tinkler said “if Dance Hero's (three-quarter) brother is half as good as we're hearing ... it's pretty exciting” in reference to the Redoute's Choice-Gypsy Dancer colt he paid $2.2million for on the Gold Coast in March.
Langley then joined Tinkler on stage and revealed it was a specific plan to target the Magic Millions because it was the sale they felt would be “most vulnerable” this year.
Langley said that decision was justified with the huge results that emanated out of Easter just a month later.
Patinack ended up with 59 yearlings at a total spend of more than $19million from the Magic Millions' Gold Coast sale.
“We felt we were buying under the market and we were very happy with the horses we came away with,” Tinkler said.
He joked that at one stage he thought he would end up with “half the catalogue” such was the early pace Patinack were buying at.