Olly and Amber Tait have purchased Twin Hills Stud in Cootamundra, New South Wales, Australia from Godolphin in a deal brokered by Inglis. The Taits will operate the 2500-acre Twin Hills, offering racehorse and broodmare boarding, sales preparation and consignment, from April this year.
Tait, an Australian national, was chief operating officer of Darley for 15 years before leaving that position in October 2014. He has since remained in England working on a consultancy basis and breeding horses commercially, and he told the TDN setting up a business in Australia has been a longtime goal.
“To have a commercial Thoroughbred enterprise is what I wanted to do, and I’ve been wanting to do that for quite some time,” Tait said. “It was important for us to find the right place to do that; the right platform where we could run a business.”
Tait continued, “Setting up your own business is something that takes a long period of time. You want to find the right place, and this was exactly the right place for us.”
Tait would certainly know a good Thoroughbred nursery when he sees one. Tait, who hails from a highly successful racing family, established Darley’s satellite in Australia and spent time managing Darley’s farms in Japan and the U.S. before relocating with his family to England, where he was responsible for overseeing Darley’s global operations. And this isn’t the first time Tait has been involved with a purchase of Twin Hills.