Trainer Peter Moody has capped a memorable day at Eagle Farm with Lights Of Heaven winning the Group 2 Brisbane Cup.
After already taking out the Group 1 Queensland Derby and the Group 1 Stradborke Handicap, Lights Of Heaven delivered the Brisbane Cup for the Moody team and indicated that she will be a strong contender in the spring Cups later this year.
The four-year-old Zabeel mare has been in good form this winter carnival, winning the Group 2 Eagle Farm Cup and finishing second to Mawingo in the Group 1 Doomben Cup. Today Lights Of Heaven turned the tables on Mawingo who finished third.
Lights Of Heaven sat one off Mawingo for most of the 2400m trip, the pair sitting just off the leaders. Coming out of the final turn, Mawingo moved up on the inside to take over from early leader Za Magic while Lights Of Heaven pulled out to the middle of the track down the straight. With 300m to Lights Of Heaven surged to the lead and raced away to win by a commanding 3 lengths. Dance With Her put in a strong run to snatch second from Mawingo on the line.
Peter Moody was full of praise for regular jockey Luke Nolen after the race.
“Wonderful positive ride by Luke (Nolen). He wanted to take the race by the scruff of the neck,” Moody said.
“He wanted to put her (Lights Of Heaven) into the race and I wasn’t going to doubt him after his masterly ride in the Stradbroke.”
Lights Of Heaven will now spell ahead of a Melbourne Spring campaign where she will be highly regarded for the Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup.