Peter Moody won ahead of the queen, but has yet to win one of Australia’s big four races. That could change at the Caulfield Cup on Saturday.
Peter Moody has always known what to get from the great Black Caviar throughout his illustrious career, but even he admits he went into the unknown with Incentivize as he tried to take his first race major at the Caulfield Cup on Saturday.
Emerging in the racing wilderness, Moody leans against Queenslander Steve Tregea as he teams up with the enduring wonder that took the races by storm.
After four years on the sidelines after being driven out of the race due to a frustrating legal battle against cobalt charges, Incentivize brought Moody back into the spotlight and gave him his best shot at winning the Melbourne Cup, one of the race’s “big four”. , Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate or Golden Slippers.
While he has won races ahead of the Queen at Royal Ascot with the Black Caviar, the only thing missing from the former Charleville local’s glittering resume is a “big four” winner.
Getting the shortest-priced favorite in 50 years to the Caulfield Cup might be expected to weigh heavily for most, but Moody’s relaxed approach ensures he’s handling Saturday’s $5 million race just like any other.
“It’s really no different than any other big race, we prepare it the same way we do all our horses,” said Moody. News Inc..
“If he gets the job done, he’ll have a bigger check at the end of the day.
“It doesn’t really matter to me whether it’s one of those (big four) races or not.”
The story of Incentivize, which made a rapid rise from the $12,000 Sunshine Coast teenage girl to the eight-starting Caulfield Cup favorite, caught the attention of many.
But he’s not one to get too caught up in right now, Moody said, saying he’s only interested in what’s ahead since he bought the horse from Tregea in July after high-flying owners Brae Sokolski and Ozzie Kheir bought a 50 percent stake. During the Brisbane winter carnival.
“There’s no doubt it’s on the rise, but I don’t know much about its history and whether it has always shown this potential,” Moody said.
“When he won the Tatts Cup (at Eagle Farm), I think it showed everyone that he’s a serious Caulfield Cup horse.”
Having won both the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) and the Turnbull Stakes (2000m) since arriving in Victoria, Incentivize is on track to become the first horse to win the Caulfield Cup in the same year since Northerly in 2002.
His record shows four wins from four starts on soft ground, but Moody admits it’s a mystery how he handled the rain-affected Caulfield ground as he jumped the 20th barrier on Saturday.
“I have no idea, a bit like everyone else,” he said.
“Four quarters on soft floor but not at this level, probably better than them.”
As a proud Queenslander, Moody stuffed Doomben into the rafters when he brought star mare Black Caviar to Sunshine State for the BTC Cup in 2011, now it’s a Darling Downs product that could give him the biggest moment of his career since returning. for training.
“At the end of the day, we want to see the horses do their best regardless of where they come from and look like a very good horse after their last few wins,” Moody said.
“As an older Queenslander it would be great to win with a Toowoomba, Darling Downs horse.”
While the bright lights of Caulfield can’t be further from the sugar city of Mackay in North Queensland, they are tied together by the incredible story of Incentivise.
When Moody took a long hiatus from racing two years ago, he watched from the trackside as Steve Tregea struggled hard to win the 2000m while carrying Bergerac’s famous grandstand.
Little did she know that two years later Bergerac’s younger half-brother, Incentivise, would train the horse that had taken the racing world by storm in less than six months.