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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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Figures Up After Easter Fortnight

A fortnight of selling at Inglis’s Riverside Stables in Sydney drew to a close on Tuesday with the third and final session of the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale. Topping trade on Tuesday was the 4-year-old Snitzel (Aus) mare Wilcannia (Aus) (lot 510), who was bought by Boomer Bloodstock and Daandine Stud carrying her first foal, which is a member of the first crop of Flying Artie (Aus). Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock also teamed with Daandine to buy the dam of the 2016 G1 Golden Slipper winner Capitalist (Aus) (Written Tycoon {Aus}) at auction in 2012.

Wilcannia was consigned by Olly and Amber Tait’s Twin Hills Stud as part of its first public consignment. Twin Hills, which also last week announced it would add proven sire Smart Missile (Aus) to its roster next year alongside Odyssey Moon (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}), enjoyed a perfect four-for-four clearance rate at the sale. Olly Tait said, “The Snitzel was a lovely mare and she had a good profile, there was plenty of competition for her so we were thrilled to get that amount for her. I think she’s going to Queensland so I wish them the very best of luck. We’ve sold some, we’ve bought some, the business always keeps moving and we have to keep investing.”

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Tait Reflects On Year At Twin Hills

After nine years spent abroad, for the most part as a manager of Sheikh Mohammed’s global operations, Olly Tait returned to Australia on a permanent basis exactly a year ago last weekend. It was just over 12 months ago that Tait and his wife, Amber, jumped at the chance to purchase Twin Hills Stud in Cootamundra, a farm that Tait had a hand in running during his time with Darley and that was also nearby to where he grew up in rural New South Wales.

With now a year under his belt, Tait has a chance to reflect on the opportunities and challenges of starting a new business in the booming Australian bloodstock industry, and indeed on Saturday he had something to celebrate when Levendi (Aus) (Pierro {Aus}) won the G1 Australian Derby. Twin Hills Stud purchased the dam, Lipari (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}), in foal to More Than Ready for A$170,000 at last year’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

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Smart Winner for Missile

Announced as a new addition to the Twin Hills roster this spring last Sunday, Smart Missile was quick to keep himself in the news when siring a smart winner at Randwick on Wednesday for Team Hawkes.

Four year-old gelding Thaad had no luck last start when slowly away before finishing second at Warwick Farm and got it right this time to score a stylish half length win in the Benchmark 90 event over 1300 metres.

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