When Australian trainer Peter Moody entered three horses for the last day of the autumn Carnival at Randwick Racecourse in Sydney Australia, he could have hardly imagined what awaited him. As it turned out, he had one of the best training days of his stellar career.
His day started out with a training victory in the Group III Frank Packer Plate, won by Hi World. A little later in the racing card, he made it a training double when his mare Pasadena Girl made a powerful move to capture the Group I Champagne Stakes. After already having the kind of day most trainers only dream about, he saved the best for last.
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In the Group I All Aged Stakes, Dissident, ridden by James Cassidy, moved up on the outside to win by a neck over second-place finisher Wandjina. In winning this race, Dissident solidified his favoritism for Horse of the Year honors to be announced later this year. It also marked the horse’s fifth Group I victory of the season.
If Dissident goes on to capture Australia’s Horse of the Year honors, it will be the third horse in Moody’s career to do so. In a career that now includes 103 Group I victories, Moody has had the honor of training the great Australian champions Black Caviar and Typhoon Tracy.
The events of the day were particularly satisfying for Moody who is under investigation for administering the drug known cobalt to his Melbourne Cup entrant Lidari back in October of 2014. If found guilty, he faces the possibility of a long suspension and a black mark on what has otherwise been a brilliant career.
For now, Moody is faced with saying goodbye to his latest champion. Dissident is being retired and sent off to a new career at stud, standing at Newgate Farm.