Three winners today saw Peter Moody crack 200 winners for the season for the first time
They say first impressions are the most important and Ready To Rip made the perfect introduction to Peter Moody’s racing team when he won today’s Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final at Flemington.
The former Queenslander saw Moody reach 200 wins for the season for the first time in his career when he claimed the $100,000 Listed event at his debut for Victoria’s leading stable.
The win completed a Flemington feature double for Moody, following an earlier win by Infinite Energy, and was the champion trainer’s third winner for the day following victory by Volando in Adelaide.
“It’s been a great year, it’s pinch-yourself-stuff, obviously with the big trip to Ascot and to make it 200 wins for the season is great,” he said.
“We’ve got into the 180s a few times now, so it’s a massive effort and I know it’s an old cliché but you can’t do it without the backing of great owners and I’ve got a terrific staff and a terrific team of jockeys that ride for me.”
Ready To Rip’s win was Moody’s 85th Victorian city winner for the season and his 179th statewide. Volando’s win was his eighth in Adelaide, while he has also prepared seven winners in Queensland, five in New South Wales along with Black Caviar’s unforgettable Royal Ascot success.
Moody, who is based at Caulfield, is also Australia’s leading Group 1 trainer with 11 wins at the highest level.
He doesn’t expect Ready To Rip to assume a place in that club next season, but he was delighted to see him score a debut win for the stable. The son of More Than Ready landed some astute bets when he scored a fighting win in the 1200-metre event.
A $10 chance in initial markets, Ready To Rip was into $3.50 by race morning and opened at $2.10 with on-course bookmakers. He drifted to $2.40 and while his supporters had some nervous moments, he had a half-neck to spare on the line.
Second was the game Gossip Girl ($7.50), who stuck on gamely to edge out Del Palio ($8.50) for third.
“We came here very open-minded, even though the market suggested otherwise,” Moody said. “Someone might drop a six pack around because it wasn’t the trainer or the stable or the connections that swallowed up the 10-1.
“He’s a tradesman, he hasn’t shown us anything brilliant at home, he goes about his work professionally and he’s done a good job first time up the straight here.”
Ready To Rip’s win was important for Moody’s stable jockey Luke Nolen, who drew level with Craig Newitt in the race for the metropolitan jockey’s premiership on 65 wins after Newitt had an unsuccessful day.
Nolen was denied a winning double by Daniel Stackhouse, who guided Infinite Energy to a strong win in the $100,000 Silver Bowl Series Final (1600m).
The Flying Spur gelding staged a form reversal to make his first trip to the winner’s stall in five starts this campaign.
Infinite Energy, who started at $21, powered home by 3-1/4 lengths from stablemate and Nolen’s mount Club Command ($2.60 fav) with He’s A Steal ($13) a further length back third.