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Twin Hills Stallion Parade to be held on Sunday 19th August

Twin Hills Stud will hold its Stallion Parade on Sunday 19th August, 2018.  Commencing at 11am, the parade will feature Smart Missile, one of the best young stallions in the country who has finished the season in the Top 15 of the General Sires List by earnings and in the Top 10 by winners; and G1 two-year-old Odyssey Moon, one of the finest juveniles by Champion Sire, Snitzel, who is standing his second season at stud this year.

Olly Tait, owner of Twin Hills Stud said, “What a season Smart Missile has just had and we have every reason to think that the best is yet to come. Odyssey Moon embodies the very best of Snitzel, who is a phenomenon. We’re looking forward to seeing our clients and friends on the 19th.”

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Metro Treble for Smart Missile

Twin Hills Stud’s Smart Missile is showing no signs of slowing up as we race towards the end of the season posting a metropolitan winning treble on Wednesday with Canterbury wins for Smart Ain’t He and Smartedge and a Sandown victory for Holy Command, the trio all promising three-year-olds with more wins in store.

The Mick Price trained gelding Holy Command has been in hot form since resuming from a spell at the end of April following an unplaced debut in October last year.

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Winning Run of Smart Missile Shows No Signs of Slowing

The incredible winning run of Twin Hill Farm’s new recruit Smart Missile continued to roll on at Sandown and Warwick Farm on Wednesday with his two-year-old daughters Grand Wish and Chevalier D’Eon fighting out the Ladbrokes Cash In Hcp (1200m) at Sandown while the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained Island Missile romped home in the inter Racing Hcp (1400m) at Warwick Farm.

The Lloyd Kennewell-trained Isca Augusta nearly made it an interstate treble before having to settle for second at her career debut at Balaklava.

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Another Smart Winner

Twin Hill Stud’s new addition Smart Missile has hit top gear as we head towards the breeding season with eight winners in the past seven days including another impressive two-year-old winner on Monday.

The Matt Cumani trained filly Anthemoessa was second at her first two runs last November and December before finishing ninth to Sunlight in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

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Smart Filly Sensational at Canterbury

It’s been a sensational season for Twin Hills Stud’s Smart Missile with over 100 winners of more than $5million in prizemoney, but there may be even better ahead next season as one of his winners is exciting two-year-old Smart Melody, who blitzed her rivals at Canterbury on Wednesday to earn a slot in early markets for the Group I Golden Rose.

A homebred for Gooree Stud prepared by Kris Lees, Smart Melody thrashed her rivals to win by more than five lengths on debut at Newcastle on June 9 and was a short priced favourite to take that good form to town.

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100 for Smart Missile

New to Twin Hills Stud this spring, Smart Missile passed the milestone of siring his first seasonal century of winners with a smart two year-old winner from the Gerald Ryan stable on Friday.

Resuming from a spell and gelded after his initial two start preparation last year, Nuke was prepared for his return with two recent trials and was a short priced favourite for the $30,000 King’s Hall Jewellers Goblet for juveniles at Dubbo.

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Nervous 99

Since Twin Hills Stud made the decision to stand Smart Missile at their Cootamundra farm, the son of Fastnet Rock has knocked up siring winners with a debut juvenile winner at Gosford on Thursday bringing him to 99 winners for the season.

The Joe Pride trained gelding Knight Arrow was well educated for his debut with two recent trials and was tenacious to the line to win the 1100 metre maiden by a short neck.

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I’ll Have A Bit set Group One mission in Adelaide – McArdle keen to take chances in The Goodwood with Smart Missile filly

A setback early in the autumn campaign of three-year-old filly I’ll Have A Bit (Smart Missile) firstly led to an unlikely victory in the Euclase Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) (see replay below) and now trainer John McArdle is chasing more Adelaide success in Saturday’s The Goodwood (Gr 1, 1200m). The Mornington-based McArdle yesterday confirmed that I’ll Have A Bit, who was sent off at odds of $151 before winning her second Group race at Morphettville on 5 May, will take her place in the $1,000,000 Group One sprint race against older horses. The trainer has elected to chase a Group One win with the daughter of Smart Missile  (Fastnet Rock) instead of the Proud Miss Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) on the same day.

Chris Parnham, who guided I’ll Have A Bit to victory last start, will retain the ride in The Goodwood where the filly looks set to clash with Group One winners Vega Magic (Lope De Vega), Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega), Secret Agenda (Not A Single Doubt) and Viddora (I Am Invincible), while multiple Group two winner Super Cash (Written Tycoon) is also expected to line up in the Group One. Fellow three-year-old Viridine (Poet’s Voice), who ran third in the Euclase Stakes, and the Darren Weir-trained quartet Handsome Thief (Shamardal), Lucky Hussler (Husson), Stellar Collision (Star Witness) and Voodoo Lad (I Am Invincible) are also set to contest The Goodwood.

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Surprise winner I’ll Have A Bit’s fast sectional times suggest she should not be overlooked again

I’ll Have A Bit (Smart Missile), at odds of $151, was obviously a surprise winner to most when she dashed home to claim Saturday’s Euclase Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) at Morphettville but an examination of her sectional times suggests that her victory was far from being a one-off performance. The John McArdle-trained three-year-old
filly, settled at the tail of the 11-horse field from her outside barrier, went widest of all at the home turn before coming with a strong late run to score by a neck, going away.

I’ll Have A Bit ran the 1200 metre journey in 1:09.13 on the Soft 5 track, which was 0.6 seconds faster than the 1:09.19 multiple Group One-winning filly Shoals (Fastnet Rock) recorded later in the day in taking out the UBET Classic (registered as Robert Sangster Stakes) (Gr 1, 1200m). In addition, I’ll Have A Bit also returned faster closing sectional times than Shoals, who was most impressive in her late-closing victory in a highly regarded race. I’ll Have A Bit being timed to run her final 1000 metres in 53.75, last 800 metres in 42.94, last 600 metres in 32.35, last 400 metres in 22.07 with her final 200 metres in 11.24. Shoals’ times for the same final sections were: last 1000 metres in 54.17, last 800 metres in 43.38, last 600 metres in 32.95, last 400 metres in 22.33, with her final 200 metres in 11.48.

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Smart Missile’s I’ll Have A Bit Goes Ballistic in Euclase Stakes

Fans were at fever pitch as the favoured runners Nature Strip, Viridine and She’s So High were staging a titanic dual down the Morphettville straight in Saturday’s Group II UBET Euclase Stakes but on the line there was stunned silence at the $150 shot I’ll Have a Bit came sailing down the outside to blouse them all.

Perhaps the biggest cheer came from Olly Tait down at the beautiful Twin Hills Stud at Cootamundra where I’ll Have a Bit’s sire Smart Missile will relocate in 2018 after six seasons at Arrowfield Stud.

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