Ontrack Racing Tour to the Hunter Valley this spring will have a sombre moment with the news that Yarraman Stud’s popular stallion Hinchinbrook has died after a tragic mishap.
Yarraman Stud is one of six leading Hunter Valley studs on the annual Ontrack Horse and Wine Tour each October and the stud is always a highlight on the tour.
Hinchinbrook was a product of Yarraman and after a successful racing career he returned to the Mitchell Brothers property in 2011 to stand alongside champion stallion I Am Invincible.
“While Hinchinbrook stood in the shadow of I Am Invincible to some extent, he developed off a slow start to be a tremendous success in his own right and was forging a terrific career,” said Ontrack Thoroughbreds Grant Morgan.
“He was champion first season stallion in 2014-15 and was really starting to charge up the ranks of Australian stallions with over 100 winners in Australia this season earning in excess of $6.2 million.
“His progeny worldwide have won 369 races and $22 million from only 261 runners and there’s no doubt those numbers will grow dramatically in the next few years.
“Hinchinbrook left the Group One winners Seabrook and Press Statement and his career was on an upward spiral. He was a three-quarter brother to Snitzel and the Mitchell Brothers did a magnificent job as he had some fertility issues and could be a bit of a character to handle.
“The Ontrack tour to Yarraman is always a treat as the Mitchell Brothers are great hosts and it was always great to see I Am Invincible and Hinchinbrook in the flesh.
“Both were lovely horses physically but Hinchinbrook was definitely a bit of a lad and Harry Mitchell was justifiably proud of the great records I Am Invincible and Hinchinbrook built up.
“The loss of Hinchinbrook is also very sad as he was raced by a good friend of Ontrack in Francois Naude, who also bred the stallion and retained an interest in him.
“We have enjoyed the company of Francois and partner Agnes on Ontrack tours and we extend our deepest sympathy as they were justifiably proud of the achievements of this magnificent horse,” said Grant Morgan.