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Kingston Town’s owner Hains dies aged 92

David Hains, one of Australia’s leading racehorse owners and breeders, has died, aged 92.

Hains, the owner of three-time Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) winner Kingston Town (Bletchingly), also won the 1990 Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) with Kingston Rule (Secretariat).

The finance billionaire established Kingston Park Stud on the Mornington Peninsula in the early 1970s. His daughter, Cathy is the owner of Burnewang North Pastoral in Victoria.

Hains was also responsible for importing the Danish mare Love Song (Warpath), from who derives the unbeaten star sprinter Black Caviar (Bel Esprit), with Love Song being Black Caviar’s fourth dam.

Speaking to ANZ Bloodstock News’ Trevor Marshallsea in October 2020, Hains said of the Danish mare: “If I’d known then what I know now, I’d have never sold her or her progeny, but we liked to keep young mares at the stud. But it does give you a good feeling to see the impact she’s had. I know when Black Caviar was racing, it was a real thrill to think she’d come from this Love Song line.”

Click here to read Trevor Marshallsea’s interview with David Hains after Ole Kirk (Written Tycoon) won the 2020 Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m).