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Two New Sires for Western Australia
Rangeview Stud has acquired stakes-winning 2YO Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock-Frustrating, by Stravinsky) to stand his debut season in 2020, and he will stand for $5,500 inc GST. Purchased at the NZB Yearling Sale for $750,000 by BBA Ireland agent Adrian Nicoll, Long Leaf won his first three starts in succession as a 2YO including twice at Listed level. Set for the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes, he was caught in traffic, then again ran into trouble in the Gr1 Golden Slipper before bolting home for sixth from near last. Multiple group placed as a 3YO, Long Leaf headed across the ditch where he won the Listed Karaka Million 3YO Classic over a mile (see below). Long Leaf is out of a winning half-sister to Gr1 winners Tiger Tees, Terravista, and stakes winners Ball of Muscle, Super Easy, and our Lukas. Meanwhile, cleverly named Gr2 winner Leonardo Da Hinchi (Hinchinbrook-Portrait, by Octagonal) will stand his first season at Gold Front for $5,000 inc GST. Winner of his first two races in succession as a 2YO, Leonardo Da Hinchi placed twice at Listed level before winning the 2018 Gr2 Bill Stutt Stakes over a mile as a spring 3YO. A $100,000 Perth Magic Millions Yearling graduate, Leonardo Da Hinchi was sidelined with a fetlock injury, but made his return to the track with the Gr1 Stradbroke in mind, but was retired after a couple of starts. Gold Front proprietor Sue Olive said, "We jumped at the opportunity and worked out a deal to keep the horse at stud in WA. He's got a motor and that was obvious when he won the Stutt Stakes." Leonardo Da Hinchi is a half-brother to stakes placed city winner of ten races Raeburn (Danehill Dancer), and both are out of an unraced daughter of group winner Verocative, who is the dam of group winning successful sire Jet Spur (Flying Spur).