By Nicholas Godfrey
Australia: Black Caviar’s trainer Peter Moody wasted no time getting back among the winners as he scored with his first runner for four years on Sunday at Ballarat.
Moody took a 2,000-metre (1m2f) contest with the four-year-old Shepard, a promising stayer who scored by 2¾ lengths under Black Caviar’s rider Luke Nolen in the saddle. “It was nice to have Luke there today and do the job for us,” Moody said, speaking to broadcaster racing.com.
“He’s been a big part of my career and if he keeps riding them like that he’ll be a bigger part of it going forward.”
Shepard was making his debut for Moody after being trained by David Brideoake for his first six starts.
“They’ve done a tremendous job and they’ve looked after this horse very well his whole career,” added Moody. “So thanks to them – I reckon I’ve improved him in seven days though, just to let David know that!”
Four-time Melbourne premiership winner Moody earned a lasting place in racing history for his handling of the great Black Caviar during her 25-race unbeaten career.
However, he stood down from training as a result of his name being linked to the cobalt scandal in 2016, when he was suspended for six months when Lidari returned an elevated test after coming second in the 2014 Turnbull Stakes.
Although the trainer was found not guilty of deliberately administering the substance, a lesser charge resulted in the ban, after which Moody shut down his large training operation. Now he has returned to action on a limited basis from a yard at Pakenham.
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