Rather than deal with a suspension and a blow to his reputation, former thoroughbred trainer Peter Moody has found that he can supply his opinions on all matters pertaining to racing without needing to dot every “i” and cross every “t” or worry about what was going on behind the stable doors of his former considerably sized racing operation.
Moody has the level of experience to which few punters can even hope to aspire, so his insights into how to identify a winner for the 2017 Melbourne Cup would obviously be valuable.
The Melbourne Cup often attracts more than a few international horses from Europe and Japan, so this present a mystery for many punters, even those who know the local horses quite well.
Moody’s opinion is that of the local horses, Almandin looks like the top prospect. Almandin hails from Germany but came over some time ago, so Moody has seen him run on a few occasions.
He also feels that Amelie’s Star is worth considering, although she is untested at Melbourne Cup distances.
For the internationals, Moody bases his views on the fact that he likes the work of Irish trainer Willie Mullins, who has three Melbourne Cup contenders in Wicklow Brave, Thomas Hobson and Max Dynamite.
The other international Moody favours is England’s Qewy, who ran fourth in the 2016 Melbourne Cup and seems to have no issue with the 3200 m race.
Moody’s take is that the foreign horses may not care much for the firmer track conditions in Australia, as the spring has been warm and dry, but he does not think that the fact that the internationals typically run on softer tracks, but international trainers tend to favour sending only the tougher horses, the thinking being that if they can tolerate the long trip over, turf that is a little bit harder is not going to be a major impediment.
Moody’s long-range tip is for Lloyd Williams’ Almandin to repeat, provided Williams can time Almandin’s peak to perfection.