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Odyssey Moon to join shuttler Bobby's Kitten at Twin Hills Stud

The son of Snitzel was runner-up in the Sires Produce Stakes

Olly Tait (right) with John Ferguson: owns Twin Hills Stud
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Another son of leading Australian sire Snitzel will join the Australian stallion ranks as four-year-old Odyssey Moon has been retired to Twin Hills Stud in Cootamundra, New South Wales, where he will stand at a fee of A$8,800 (£5,300/€6,200).

Racing in the colours of Edmund and Belinda Bateman, Odyssey Moon made his debut at Randwick before Christmas as a two-year-old, winning an Inglis sales race over five furlongs. His next starts at two saw him placed in both the Group 2 Skyline Stakes and the Group 2 Pago Pago Stakes, both key trials for the Golden Slipper.

His runner-up performance in the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes saw him finish less than a length behind Pride Of Dubai and clear of subsequent Group 1 winners Pasadena Girl and English.

Earlier this year, Odyssey Moon won the Group 3 Standish Handicap over a straight six furlongs at Flemington, following a front-running display.

Odyssey Moon is out of the Arch mare Run To The Moon, a three-parts sister to dual Grade 1 winner Jostle who won the Alabama Stakes and the American Oaks.

James Harron, adviser to Belinda Bateman, said: "Odyssey Moon was a very good two-year-old who was one of the best of his generation. He was precocious, talented and tough.

"Mrs Bateman has retained a significant interest in Odyssey Moon and will be supporting him with her broodmares. I am really looking forward to seeing his progeny."

Olly Tait, owner of Twin Hills Stud, added: "We are delighted to have purchased a majority interest in Odyssey Moon who, as one of Snitzel’s best ever two-year-olds, is a very exciting stallion prospect.

"He danced every dance as a juvenile and was still winning top-class races at four, showing how willing and tough he was. He is a great looking horse that is athletic and strong. We are going to syndicate him and I know breeders will love him when they see him."

Odyssey Moon will stand alongside Bobby's Kitten, who will shuttle to Twin Hills for the southern hemisphere breeding season.

Mrs Bateman has retained a significant interest in Odyssey Moon and will be supporting him with her broodmares
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