Olly Tait, Chief Operating Officer of Darley, has announced his departure from the organization as from November.
Tait’s 15 year stint took him to all parts of the world as Darley’s bloodstock interests expanded. He helped oversee the $500 million purchase of the Woodlands bloodstock empire from the Ingham family.
After a period overseeing Darley’s American operation, he took on his current role at Darley’s Newmarket headquarters as Chief Operating Officer coordinating what is now a truly global organisation.
“It has been challenging and exciting and I will always value the time that I have had in such a dynamic and ambitious environment,” Tait commented. “I’m very grateful for the opportunities that Sheikh Mohammed and Darley have provided me. Now is the right time in my career for me to seek new challenges and explore other opportunities within the thoroughbred industry.”
Tait hails from a family steeped in the racing and breeding industries. His grand-parents Peter and Daisy Tait developed one of Australia’s most revered pedigree pages through champion broodmare Dark Jewel and her Group 1 winning foals Baguette, Cabochon and Heirloom.
Olly’s father Sandy and his aunt Jill Nivison raced champion stayer Tie The Knot who carried the family’s famous red and white colours to 13 Group 1 victories including a record 4 Chipping Norton Stakes in a row between 1999 and 2002.