Odyssey Moon to join shuttler Bobby's Kitten at Twin Hills Stud
The son of Snitzel was runner-up in the Sires Produce Stakes
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.
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.