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Luskin Park Purchased by Matthew Smith
Sydney trainer Matthew Smith has expanded his thoroughbred business by purchasing Luskin Park Stud in the Hunter Valley, reports racing.com. The price, reported to be between $2.5 million and $3 million, included the Luskintyre property, broodmares, race mares, and weanlings. Luskin Park Stud was owned by the late Paul Whelan who passed away last year. Smith said, “The property was all set up and ready to go. I've purchased the property with a view to preparing our spellers and breaking in our younger horses to support what we're doing at Warwick Farm. It allows us to keep an eye on our horses all the way through, that's the main idea.” Smith noted, “It's about getting them into the stable in the condition we want them to be whilst also allowing us to send horses to the farm for freshen ups midway through campaigns or train a few out of the paddock - it gives us extra options for our horses.” Smith’s dual Gr1 winner Fierce Impact (Deep Impact-Keiai Gerbera, by Smarty Jones) is likely to make his seasonal return in the Gr1 Winx Stakes over 1400m at Randwick on 22 August, and be aimed at the Gr1 WS Cox Plate.