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First winner in Europe for Patinack Farm

THE colours of Australian owner-breeder Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm were carried to victory for the first time in Europe onSunday, when three-year-old filly Hafjell won on her debut over 1m2½f at Cholet in France.

Nathan Tinkler

Nathan Tinkler: European first

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A daughter of Tiger Hill, Hafjell was bred in Ireland by New England Stud, Stanley House Stud and Mount Coote Stud. Her dam, Lille Hammer, is by Sadler's Wells and won the Listed Harvest Stakes. She is trained in France by Richard Gibson.

She was one of three yearlings totalling €1.3m bought by agent Bertrand Le Metayer on behalf of Nathan Tinkler at the 2008 Arqana August yearling sale in Deauvile. They were the Australian's first purchases at a European yearling sale.

At that sale Tinkler also bought the top lot, a €770,000 Galileo colt out of Lille Hammer's daughter Olimpic Girl. Named Tall Poppy and also in training with Gibson, he is yet to make his debut but holds entries for the Grand Prix de Paris and Prix du Jockey-Club.

Gibson said on his website that Hafjell was a "Paris standard filly who will continue to improve."

Tinkler, whose wealth is derived from selling coal mining licences, launched Patinack Farm in 2007 and has invested heavily in thoroughbreds. The operation's nucleus is in New South Wales, where it stands five stallions.




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