After learning his craft with Australia’s leading training and breeding operators including John O’Shea, Colin Little and Lloyd Williams’ Hudson Conway Racing, Todd became a trainer in his own right during the 2014/2015 racing season.
Hailing from Gundagai, Todd spent most of his formative years working with horses including as a stablehand with David Blundell. In his spare time Todd loved camp drafting, catching wild brumbies and bull riding.
Colin Little once described Todd as a “gun horseman" and after recognising his hard work ethic and horsemanship promptly appointed him as assistant trainer for Lord Lodge.
While at Lord Lodge, Todd worked with some outstanding horses with the highlight being a Pins gelding named El Segundo who won the 2007 MVRC W.S. Cox Plate. Among others were champions such as Ista Kareem, 2009 Gr 1 Sydney Cup winner; & Bluetigeroo, 2007 Gr 1 BMW winner. In more recent times, Soft Sand, a gallant Gr 1 second to Appearance in the 2012 Myer Classic.
Pictured: (L) Todd & Colin Little saddle up Ista Kareem for the 2009 Melbourne Cup. (R) Todd with a Testa Rossa filly for Lord Lodge.
Todd has travelled the world living and working in both Canada and the UK for various stints over his career.
Initially training out of Wagga Wagga, Todd moved to Canberra in 2017 to ensure his growing stable had access the best training facilities outside of the Sydney Metropolitan area.
Todd has been active at the Inglis Classic, Yearling and Ready to Race sales over recent years and he has a strong pipeline of yearlings and 2-year olds ready coming through his stable.
Todd is not only a great horseman, but also a great people person. His phone is always on and he is in regular contact with many of his 200+ loyal owners. To learn more about Todd Smart Racing and to discuss any aspects of training and ownership, please call Todd on 0438 008 907.