After four years Peter Moody returns a winner with first runner!
After a four-year absence champion trainer Peter Moody has made a winning return to racing on a cold Sunday afternoon in front of an all-but empty track, and far from the glamour of big city racing .
Moody had not had a runner since March 24 2016 when he had six starters at Moonee Valley and won the Group I William Reid Stakes with Flamberge.
His first return runner came with little fanfare in a Ballarat benchmark 78 when he saddled up progressive four-year-old Shepard, a horse he owns outright after purchasing the internationally bred galloper back in 2016.
Previously prepared by David Brideoake for three wins and two second placings, Shepard was having his seventh start and was given a perfect ride by Moody’s long-time jockey Luke Nolen, whom he had combined with for the majority of the unbeaten journey of the champion mare Black Caviar.