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Moody pulls the pin on training operation
Brad Waters – 21 Mar 2016
Suspended trainer Peter Moody has advised owners of his intention to step away from training horses for the “foreseeable future”.
Peter Moody will not return to training “for the foreseeable future” after his six-month suspension. Photo: Darryl Sherer
Moody will begin a six-month suspension on Thursday after the drawn-out Lidari cobalt case concluded last week but declared he would not return to training at the end of his ban.
The Caulfield trainer initially wanted Mornington horseman David Brideoake to take over his stable for the six-month period and investigated the feasibility of the plan with Racing Victoria officials, including chief steward Terry Bailey.
However, Moody sent an email to all owners on Monday advising them of his decision after discussions with his family and senior staff.
“It is with much regret and a heartfelt decision that I have to inform you that I am going to recant my suggestion on Friday of where I said I would be back training in 6 months,” Moody wrote.
“After a lot of deliberation with my family and senior management staff, we didn’t feel it was going to be a viable or workable proposition to employ another trainer to care take the stable for the six month period of my suspension.
“RV worked with us at looking at putting it together, and it would have been possible but I just felt it was going to be very hard to make it workable and do the best by yourselves as the clients and more importantly by your horses.
“With this in mind I have made the ultimate decision that at this point in time I will not be returning to the training of racehorses in the foreseeable future.
“Maybe down the track this is something I will revisit whether it is in 12 months, 18 months or 2 years.”
Moody told the owners he would work “extremely hard” to find the right interim stable for the horses on his books, particularly the horses in training at his Caulfield stable.
Moody said he would not be lost to the industry as he will continue to race many of the horses in which he has a share.