Blinkers Off: Peter Moody still posting big numbers on the scoreboard despite cobalt shadow   Leave a comment

Blinkers Off: Peter Moody still posting big numbers on the scoreboard despite cobalt shadow

Dissident wins All Aged Stakes

Dissident wins All Aged Stakes

SPORT is decided on the scoreboard but scores are just numbers without context.

If you look closely of the photo of Jim Cassidy winning the All Aged Stakes at Randwick on Saturday, you will notice the thin black armband.

Unlike fellow Kiwi and occasional ally Chris Waller, Cassidy is more likely to offer a victory wink and a catchphrase than the Waller waterworks. Such was the case after the recent Sydney Cup.

But the black armband told a story after the All Aged. Cassidy was close to tears.

A few days earlier, Cassidy’s sister-in-law Marion had died suddenly, from a heart attack. She was just 37.

Cassidy dedicated the race to her and such salutes have become more common as athletes, probably inadvertently, remind themselves and us that there are genuine tragedies, beyond beaten favourites.

Jack Riewoldt wore two black bands and pointed to the heavens after kicking a goal at the first AFL match for the season, a tribute to his cousin Maddie.

An Emotional Jim Cassidy and his black armband. Picture: Mark Evans

An Emotional Jim Cassidy and his black armband. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

Riewoldt’s eyes were more intense than usual that night, as if his spirit was elsewhere.

The game clock kept ticking but the gesture was timeless.

For Peter Moody there was no black band significance to the All Aged Stakes but there was a great deal of context.

Peter Moody signals his dual Group 1 success on Saturday. Picture: Mark Evans

Peter Moody signals his dual Group 1 success on Saturday. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

The race itself was the most important, mostly for the horse, than any race since Moody nursed and trained Black Caviar.

Dissident was one of those good horses who’d always throw in a bad run just at the wrong time.

But going into the All Aged he’d won three Group 1s for the season — enough to be favourite to be Horse Of The Year — and had been pre-parcelled off to stud, valued at many millions.

The All Aged was his swansong and signing off with a big Group 1 made this Group 1 far more important than most others.

He won, by a head, at $10.

Moody won two other big races up there; the Frank Packer Plate with Hi World and the Champagne Stakes with Pasadena Girl.

Pasadena Girl won at $67 on debut on Black Caviar Lightning day and was part of a longshot Moody treble that day too.

The Moody resurgence has come at the most difficult time of his career.

Trainer Peter Moody leads Dissident and jockey Jim Cassidy back to scale after they won t

Trainer Peter Moody leads Dissident and jockey Jim Cassidy back to scale after they won the All Aged Stakes. Picture: Mark Evans Source: News Corp Australia

The cobalt saga grinds on, with no end in sight to a stewards probe into Moody, Mark Kavanagh, Danny O’Brien and the Hopes.

The trainers are adamant they will be vindicated and the stewards seem less certain in their science, those who reckon they know how this will play out are only guessing.

Regardless of eventual outcomes, whether they have knowingly “cheated’’ or not, Moody and Co have for months operated under incredible pressure and uncertainty.

Charges have not been laid but businesses and brands have suffered.

Hugh Bowman and Pasadena Girl combine to win the Champagne Stakes. Picture: Getty Images

Hugh Bowman and Pasadena Girl combine to win the Champagne Stakes. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Almost overnight, Moody went from the sport’s greatest promoter, through his greattraining and articulation of Black Caviar, to the bloke who’d refused to hand over the keys to his gate, to one of four stables in the gun.

His mates say he has good days and bad; drifting between defiant and confident of being vindicated, to unusually withdrawn.

But the alarm still interrupts his sleep at 2.30am six days a week and 100-plus horses still have to be trained.

And regardless of what’s swirling around out there, the cobalt shadow and anything else that might test his mettle, Moody is still posting big numbers on the scoreboard.

Pasadena Girl takes out the Champagne Stakes

Pasadena Girl takes out the Champagne Stakes

Originally published as Moody surges despite cobalt shadow

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Posted April 20, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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