Nathan Tinkler’s sporting shopping list for the week hasn’t stopped with a rugby league supercoach.
A day after it was announced Wayne Bennett would link with the Tinkler-owned Newcastle Knights in 2012, the mining magnate was in the mood for another seven-figure splurge.
But instead of boosting the stocks of his newly-acquired NRL club, Tinkler shelled out $1 million to add to his band of broodmares which form part of his thoroughbred empire.
Auction company Inglis named Tinkler’s Patinack Farm Pty Ltd as the successful bidder on Allez Wonder on day two of the Australian Easter Broodmare Sale on Wednesday.
Five-year-old Allez Wonder was trained by Bart Cummings and was part-owned by his wealthy client Dato Tan Chin Nam.
During a 24-start racetrack career, Allez Wonder won three races, including a surprise victory in the 2009 Group One Toorak Handicap.
She lost form during 2010 with her last appearance resulting in a well-beaten 14th of 16 in the Emirates Stakes at Flemington in November.
Inglis figures published on its website late on Wednesday revealed Patinack Farm had so far signed for 17 broodmares at a cost of more than $3.1 million.
Pegembak, a relation to Allez Wonder, won for Cummings at Wednesday’s Canterbury meeting.