Racing Around the Ridges

Those fortunate people who attended the Peter Moody evening at Gunsynd Park on Friday night will remember the experience for many moons. 

The esteemed trainer opened up on his life’s journey which took him from the tiny western Queensland town of Wyandra, where he was training a few slow bush horses, to winning the Victorian training premiership.

He shared many fascinating stories of his exploits after he headed to Sydney for a stint with the great Tommy Smith.

There he learned a little about the training caper, but also some lessons of life in the Sydney suburbs adjacent to Kings Cross.

In Sydney Moody formed a partnership with trainer Bill Mitchell who had the licence.

After some success he went to Brisbane and managed the stables up there.

He had plenty of winners with his best horse, champion sprinter General Nedyim, who also became a top sire after his racing career ended.

After a while Moody decided it was time to go it alone and he made the big decision to head to Melbourne.

His reasoning was that, because of his experience travelling the long distances to race meetings in western Queensland, driving to the country tracks of Victoria would be a breeze in comparison.

His explanation for why he travelled horses to country meetings was interesting.

Moody claimed he taught his horses the habit of winning by having them win through their classes and consequently they would end up confident, fit and hard before they took on the city slickers.

Quite a few of Moody’s responses to questions from the floor had the audience in stitches.

Pete claimed he taught his horses how to win by having them win through their classes and they would end up confident, fit and hard.

The intriguing story of Black Caviar is told in the book, A Long Way from Wyandra: My story - from the bush to Black Caviar. 

After listening to his thoughts about scratching the mare, it really puts into context the courage she showed that day.

Moody also had some observations to make regarding the recent and controversial cobalt saga.

It’s all in the book, suffice to say. 

Last week the two trainers disqualified by Melbourne stewards were found not guilty of doping their horses, but will face a much lesser charge of presentation of a horse with a banned substance.

On Saturday afternoon at Gunsynd Park Moody tipped a couple of winners, one of which was Miss Wonderland.

Among her owners is Moody’s wife and our race club chairman Geoff Makim and wife Jennifer.

Generally we try and give you a good tip to get your Christmas cheer.

A youngster called Toulouse having his first start was friendless in betting on Saturday but flashed home from last on the turn to grab third. Should salute shortly.