Peter Moody looks forward to the spring but cobalt charges a constant worry   Leave a comment

Peter Moody looks forward to the spring but cobalt charges a constant worry

July 19, 2015 – 6:00PM
Looking ahead: Trainer Peter Moody hopes to clear his name.Looking ahead: Trainer Peter Moody hopes to clear his name. Photo: Pat Scala

Peter Moody has prepared more than 200 winners for the season but it is Lidari’s runner-up finish in the Turnbull Stakes, and its subsequent positive test for cobalt, that is the lingering memory of his 2014-15 season and which will continue to haunt him for a while yet.

Moody has started to prepare a spring team that lacks star power but is packed with potential, and Sydney’s prizemoney increase could attract some of them. But more immediately he is looking to win the final black-type race of the season, Saturday’s Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield, with Angels Beach.

“She is a mare that has some black type already and it would be an ideal way for her to go out and head to stud with another black-type win,” Moody said. “It is the right race for her and [after her second in Sir John Monash Stakes last start] she has the right form.”

The trainer, himself, is trying to concentrate on the present but the topic of the three cobalt charges hanging over his head makes its way into most conversations.

“It is there and we just have to deal with it. I want to clear my name, I will clear my name” Moody said. “I have had a great season and this week we have had nine winners, things are going well. Until we get [the inquiry] done, it will be there. I went on the radio the other day and talked about it and don’t have much more to say about it.”

In the RSN interview, Moody said he was confident of beating the charges but was disappointed the way it had affected his family and business.

There is frustration on many levels, including with the process, which has been ongoing for more than six months, and that he can’t explain the cobalt positive but has to take responsibility for it.  For now, Moody is trying to keep his eyes on the future and the next winner.

“We have the spring coming up and while we couldn’t have any proven star in the stable, there are a couple of horses that are ready to come through and try to take the next step,” Moody said. “I can just kept turning up and preparing my horses to perform to their best and the other stuff will take care of itself when we get our day in court.”

Moody hopes rising three-year-old filly Pasadena Girl, winner of the Champagne Stakes, and Hi World, winner of both the Carbine Club Stakes and the Frank Packer Plate, can bring their Sydney autumn form to the spring and back to Randwick.

“Pasadena Girl is a last-start group 1 winner and the Flight Stakes or Thousand Guineas are obvious targets for her,”  Moody said. “Hi World, we don’t know where he fits yet. He could be a weight-for-age horse or the Epsom, it’s worth a million, could be his race. It will depend how he comes back to where he goes but that’s the sort of team we have. It is young and a bit exciting.”


Posted July 20, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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