Premiership trainer Peter Moody was quick to hit back at rumoured reports that Melbourne’s leading trainers were less likely to be scrutinised by drug testing after Mid Summer Music scored a rare win for the top stable over the Melbourne Spring Carnival at Sportingbet Sandown Park last Saturday.
Stradbroke Handicapwinner Mid Summer Music was a welcome winner for Moody this Spring, winning the Listed $120,000 TMB Printing Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) after a low key Spring that only saw a couple of feature race winners.
With many of his stable stars on the sidelines, including champion mare Black Caviar, Moody started the Spring with a win in the Listed $120,000 The Shark.com.au Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on September 1 with Golden Archer and Moment Of Change winning the Group 1 $400,000 Clamms Seafood Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 30.
But the rest of the Spring was uncharacteristically quiet with promising stayer Vatuvei another rare Spring winner in the Group 2 $250,000 Drake International Cup (2500m) at Moonee Valley on October 27.
Moody wasn’t pleased that he had been dragged into the unsubstantiated debate on the drug usage, particularly the alleged usage of the illicit performance-boosting drugs that have devastated the cycling world and hit back after Mid Summer Music won at Sandown.
“You are not allowed to win too often because the press cast aspersions on what you’re doing, so we wanted to let our strike rate get down a bit,” Moody said with tongue in cheek.
“The top stables have their horses drug tested more than any others.”
“We have had more winners tested than any other stable I would have thought, yet you hear this sort of nonsense and unfortunately people accept it without question.”
Last season Moody had five hundred and fifty-two starters on the Metropolitan tracks in Melbourne with ninety-one winners and would have had the most number of horses tested than any other stable in Victoria.
Moody joined forces with Australian Trainers’ Association president Colin Alderson in defending the claims against trainers stating that Racing Victoria carries out a very stringent drug testing procedure with a very small percentage of positive results from 14,000 drug tests last season.
“Of these 14,000 tests, only nine returned positives, most of which were to treatments with therapeutics and the trainers involved were penalised,” Alderson said.
Sandown winner Mid Summer Music will be sent for a short spell and then be prepared for her final campaign in the Autumn before going to the broodmare sales prior to the 2013 breeding season.
“She’s been a grand little campaigner. She’ll go for a break now, come back and have a hurrah in the autumn before she goes to the broodmare sales next year I would reckon,” Moody said.
Saturday’s win took the Oamaru Force mare’s win tally to eleven from twenty-eight starts and lifted her prizemoney earnings to $1.37 million, courtesy of her win in the Group 1 $1m AAMI Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm on June 9.