Melbourne’s Peter Moody might be in the midst of fighting the cobalt charges against his stable, but this weekend his big focus is on having Angels Beach spot on for the 2015 Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse.
The closing Black-Type race of the new season, this Saturday sees the $150,000 Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) take place with a field full of Sir John Monash Stakes’ graduates.
Along with the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained winner Miss Promiscuity, the other best performed in the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield from July 4 who is Bletchingly-bound on the weekend is Moody’s runner-up Angels Beach.
A five-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit, the mare improved on a distant sixth to Wouldnt It Be Nice in the Listed June Stakes (1100m) at Randwick a month earlier to cross two and three-quarter lengths away second to Miss Promiscuity in the Monash Stakes.
She gets the chance to turn the tables in the Bletchingly Stakes this weekend then with Moody hoping she can close the gap from last time out as she gets a little more distance at a track she has a nice record at.
Moody prepared over 200 winners over the 2014-15 racing season, but the positive test for cobalt of Lidari following a second in the Turnbull Stakes has thrown a negative spin over all the stable achieved.
“It is there and we just have to deal with it,” Moody said of the three cobalt charges.
“I want to clear my name, I will clear my name.
“I have had a great season and this week we have had nine winners, things are going well. Until we get [the inquiry] done, it will be there. I went on the radio [RSN] the other day and talked about it and don’t have much more to say about it.”
The master horseman is keeping his chin up and working hard on his spring contingent, many of which could be seen in Sydney this carnival due to the increases in prize money on offer in the NSW features.
“We have the spring coming up and while we couldn’t have any proven star in the stable, there are a couple of horses that are ready to come through and try to take the next step,” Moody said.
“I can just kept turning up and preparing my horses to perform to their best and the other stuff will take care of itself when we get our day in court.”
He has also worked hard at the tail end of the season to get Angels Beach, a winner of six of her 15 starts to date, in the right form to close with a stakes win before she retires to serve at stud as a broodmare later in the year.
“She is a mare that has some black type already and it would be an ideal way for her to go out and head to stud with another black-type win,” Moody told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“It is the right race for her and [after her second in Sir John Monash Stakes last start] she has the right form.”
Angles Beach hasn’t won a race since a 1000m effort at Cranbourne back in October last year, with her sole stakes success being in Adelaide’s Listed Manihi Classic (1050m) at Morphettville in March of 2014.
The Bletchingly Stakes 2015 field and barriers are set for release on Wednesday morning.
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