Black Caviar trainer Moody one step away from regaining his licence.
Byline: David Baxter
PETER MOODY, who masterminded the career of sprinting great Black Caviar, has moved a step closer to a return to training after officially reapplying for his licence.
Moody has not trained since 2016 after surrendering his licence having been found guilty of unintentionally administering Lidari with excessive levels of cobalt before the 2014 Turnbull Stakes.
Last month Moody revealed he is planning to take over 35 to 40 boxes at Pakenham, near Melbourne. Racing Victoria will need to approve Moody's application, but Pakenham Racing Club ratified Moody's application to train from the facility last week. There are no stables at Pakenham for Moody to lease, meaning he would have to rent from other trainers.
Pakenham Racing Club boss Blair Ogders welcomed Moody's decision to train from the base.
"He submitted his application to train from Pakenham to the club, which was ratified at a board meeting held last week," Ogders told racing.com, "so it's pending approval from Racing Victoria.
"To have a trainer of Peter's ilk and standard choose Pakenham as his preferred training base is a real boost for the club and its focus on attracting high-quality trainers.
"We can't wait for him to pick up his first winner on course."
Moody will no doubt hope he can find another Black Caviar if his application to begin training again is successful, and he will be reunited with the wondermare at Flemington on Saturday when she parades before the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes, a contest the Royal Ascot winner captured three times during her sensational unbeaten 25-race career.
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