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Yarraman Park has announced the sad and sudden passing of promising young sire Hinchinbrook. At the height of his powers and with a full book of mares to cover this spring, Hinchinbrook died tragically yesterday as the result of a broken hind leg. Foaled and raised at Yarraman Park, Hinchinbrook was turning 11 this year and was at the peak of his career with seasonal earnings of $6.2 million and 100 winners highlighted by five stakes-winners headed by Group 1 winning filly Seabrook. "We are devastated as you can imagine," said Harry Mitchell. "He's been a special horse for us and we believed in him from the start. He wasn't an easy horse to get going as he was not the most fertile, but he kept proving himself and getting that good horse." Mitchell added: "It just breaks your heart, but it's something that happens. It happened to Northern Meteor and it happened to Scat Daddy, as sad as it is, you have to regroup and move on." By Fastnet Rock out of the Snippets mare Snippets' Lass, Hinchinbrook was a three-quarter brother to reigning champion Australian sire Snitzel. He was the Champion First Season Sire of 2014/2015 defeating Beneteau and Star Witness and his first crop included outstanding colt Press Statement, a dual Group 1 winner of over $1 million in prize money.