Nathan Tinker is close to selling Patinack Farm to international interests, but is facing a Racing NSW investigation after most of his racing stock was moved out of John Thompson’s stables on Monday.
Thompson confirmed to Fairfax Media that horses which weren’t in full training have left the Randwick stable to go to Patinack properties, leaving it near empty.
“I don’t know that much [about what is going on],” Thompson said. “The horses that are racing will continue their campaigns. All I really know is, I have plenty of empty boxes I have to fill now.”
The sale of Patinack is believed to include all bloodstock and property.
Patinack had a group 3 success at Doomben on Saturday when Pretty Pins won the Chairman’s Handicap, while Peron, which finished midfield in the BTC Cup, also remains in the Brisbane stable in training under Thompson’s guidance.
Racing NSW stewards launched an investigation into where the horses are, after visiting Thompson’s stable on Monday afternoon and finding no horses or staff there.
“Our chief steward Ray Murrihy visited the stable after we received some information, which proved to be credible, and he has launched an investigation,” Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys said.
Tinkler has been trying to sell the Patinack Farm for more than a year but it has developed into a soap opera. It included a dispersal sale of bloodstock at Magic Millions in June last year, which turned into a fiasco when Tinkler decided to buy several of the horses back.
Magic Millions officials were forced to withdraw several lots to keep faith with its buying bench.
It has been a drawn-out end to the Patinack Farm empire that launched in spectacular fashion when Tinkler bought hundreds of horse at sales around the world in 2007, spending what has been reported as $150 million.
However, growing financial pressures on Tinkler are believed to be driving this sale.
Thompson was told of the move the horses at the weekend. He has always been loyal to Patinack but his stable has been decimated by the decision. He served as its private trainer for five years before branching out to include horses from outside clients last year. He trained more than 500 winners for Patinack, including four group 1s, the most recent Nechita in the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington on Derby day in 2012.
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