Moody adds another string to his bow Sat, 22 Oct 2016
Peter Moody doesn’t train racehorses these days, but he’s still proving a potent force in other aspects of the racing game.
Today at Moonee Valley the ebullient horseman celebrated success as a breeder when the Savabeel filly Nurse Kitchen won the Gr. 2 Moonee Valley Fillies’ Classic. Adding to the pleasure of the win, Nurse Kitchen is raced by Moody’s wife Sarah.
“This filly and my wife have a lot in common,” Moody told www.theinformant.co.nz. “They’re both Kiwi-bred fillies and they’ve both got a lot of class.
“Unfortunately Sarah couldn’t be here today – she opted to go showjumping, but I’m sure she’ll be enjoying the moment as much as I am.”
Nurse Kitchen, who is trained by close Moody associate David Brideoake, was having just her third start in today’s 1600-metre race, having won on debut on the Geelong synthetic as a late two-year-old and having no luck in her only start since.
Against a quality field today she was unwanted at $19, but looked as like a filly destined for even higher honours with an authoritative half-length win over the favourite Sezanne.
Moody bred Nurse Kitchen from the Montjeu mare Flying Monty, who won three races in Melbourne and is a half-sister to the New Zealand Derby winner Hades. He was sold to Hong Kong where he performed well, as did another sibling and solid stayer Everbright.
“She lives at Waikato Stud and hadn’t had a lot of luck since producing this filly three years ago, but she had a full-sister this spring,” Moody added. “I’ve decided to send her to Ocean Park this year – either way she ends up going to a Cox Plate winner, so that can’t be a bad thing.”
Nurse Kitchen was ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, who completed a back-to-back Group Two double when he brought home The United States for an easy win in the Crystal Mile.
Last autumn the son of Galileo won the Gr. 1 Ranvet Stakes at 2000 metres, while 12 months ago he showed even greater stamina with victory in the 2500-metre Moonee Valley Gold.
Relishing the soft track and with just five rivals to contend with today, The United States had the Crystal Mile won a long way from home as he raced clear wide out to score by a length from fellow European import Lidari.