Flamberge capped a massive couple of days for his owner and breeder David Moodie when the Peter Moody-trained sprinter won Saturday’s Group 1 Darley Goodwood (1200m) at Morphettville.
The victory came a day after Moodie had been elected Chairman of Racing Victoria following the resignation of Rob Roulston.
It also provided Moodie and Flamberge’s dam Razor Blade with a double for the day following the earlier success of the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Durendal in the $80,000 PFD Food Services Handicap (1200m).
Moodie said it was remarkable to think that Flamberge, a horse he didn’t think would survive as a foal or would win another race after he won on debut at Ballarat, had won at the highest level.
“He’s a very small horse that was born a dummy foal and he only just survived as a foal, he wouldn’t follow his mother around,” Moodie said.
“When we won his first start at Ballarat, Peter (Moody) said to me it might have been his birthday because he didn’t think he was much good but he’s been a terrific sprinter and spacing his races and keeping him fresh seems to be the key to him.
“I’m going to have to go home and give Razor Blade a big hug, she’s had a great day.”
After beginning quickly, Flamberge ($21) settled just behind the leaders before proving too strong for Lord Of The Sky ($9) in the last 50 metres to win by three-quarters-of-a-length, with Under The Louvre ($6) running-on strongly into third to complete an All-Victorian trifecta in the day’s feature.
The favourite Black Heart Bart ($4.60) finished further back in fourth while Emirates Stakes (1600m) winner Hucklebuck weakened after racing just behind the speed to finish 12th.
Flamberge’s win also marked a big day for Moody, who additionally trained a double at Caulfield with two-year-old Bassett winning the $80,000 Taralye – Listen, Learn, Speak Plate (1100m) on debut and Orion taking out the $40,000 CharterKC & BSPLawyers Plate (1600m).