Peter Moody is a proud Queenslander but even he admits it has been “a long time” since he had a runner in the Sunshine State.
That is set to change this weekend when he runs In Good Health in the $500,000 Sapphire Stakes in what is the first running of the race.
Only recently returned to the training ranks, Moody is impressed by Queensland’s carnival to date saying the added prizemoney has had the desired effect on many.
While Moody won’t be able to leave Victoria to be trackside on Saturday, In Good Health will fly to Queensland on Tuesday night after a breakthrough allowed horse transport to continue between the two states.
“I haven’t been told anything otherwise so I presume she is going up on Tuesday,” Moody laughed.
“It is going good at the moment, everything is ticking along OK so I am happy to send her up there and the carnival looks like it is going good.
“I’m not sure who the last (runner) to come up was – I’m not one with the history books.
“She would be the first one for four or five years.”
Born and raised in Charleville in Central Queensland, Moody shot to prominence around the world for training the wonder sprinter Black Caviar.
After years of watching on from the sidelines he said it was good to have a runner in his home state again.
Moody won the Group 1 Queensland Derby in 2012 with Brambles which went on to run second in a Turnbull Stakes and fourth in the 2014 Caulfield Cup.
“I’m looking forward to having a runner up there,” he said,
“I would say she would be it for me for the carnival. I will let her form tell us where to go, whether it is the Ipswich Cup or the Q22 so there are a lot of options on the table.”
It comes as Moody watched Explosive Jack from afar with pride recently.
Moody purchased the stayer for $100,000 at the sales but passed the horse on to Ciaron Maher to train as he was yet to get his license back at the time.
The rest is history, with the three-year-old going on to win three Derbies including Group 1’s in Sydney and Adelaide before running third in Saturday’s Queensland Derby.
“I bought him as a yearling, I wasn’t training at the time and it was for some good clients,” he said. “I think the boys have done a tremendous job with him – he is a very nice horse.”
Originally published asMoody’s Queensland comeback In Good Health
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