Darley Australia stud Twin Hills sold to Tait

TWIN Hills Stud in Cootamundra, New South Wales, has been purchased from Sheikh Mohammed by former Darley chief operating officer Olly Tait and his wife Amber.

The Taits will return to Australia from Britain to start operating a new business from the farm in April.

A statement said the property “will be a world-class thoroughbred operation, providing racehorse and broodmare agistment, sales preparation and consignment as well as being home to the Taits’ bloodstock”.

“Having grown up close to Twin Hills and been fortunate enough to work and live in the major thoroughbred breeding centres of the world, I know how lucky we are to have this opportunity,” said Olly Tait, who has recently been working as a consultant for clients including Aushorse.

“It is situated in an area that has produced countless champions and Golden Slipper winners, Guineas, Derby and Oaks winners. It is a magnificent property with world-class facilities on beautiful land.”

Twin Hills was established by Ferd Calvin before being purchased by media personality Mike Willesee in the early 1980s.

Willesee developed the farm into Trans Media Park Stud, where he stood important stallions such as Rubiton and Snippets.