Moody breaks old mark with double
The stable records kept flowing for all-conquering trainer Peter Moody when Lethal Arrow led all the way to claim Wednesday’s Le Pine Funerals Handicap (1600m) at Betfair Park – Sandown Hillside.
Stable apprentice Daniel Stackhouse piloted Lethal Arrow to a 1-1/4 length win in the $30,000 race. Lethal Arrow’s performance took Moody’s national tally to 194-1/2 wins for the season, half a win more than his previous personal best, set last season.
Lethal Arrow completed Moody’s 23rd double at a metropolitan meeting this season. The premier trainer has also prepared six trebles in 2010/11.
Stackhouse and Moody combined earlier in the day to win the Noms Close – The Age Caulfield Guineas 2nd August Handicap (1600m) with There’s Only One.
Meanwhile, the talented galloper Fieldmaster continued his rapid development with a 4-1/2 length success in the Betfair Handicap (2400m).
Fieldmaster ($2.40fav) notched consecutive wins for the second time his career after jockey Michelle Payne kept the son of Black Minnaloushe comfortable at the tail of the field before taking an inside run passing the 500 metres.
Once, clear Fieldmaster opened a space on his rivals to post his fifth win from 16 starts.
“It was fantastic to see him do it,” Fieldmaster’s trainer Patrick Payne said. “It just goes to show how important it is to have a rider who works in with you.
“It has taken a little while to work this horse out but Michelle listens to how we want him ridden and she has done it perfectly today.”
Earlier, the John McArdle-trained two-year-old And Rock ($3f) broke through for his first win in the D’Urban Handicap (1300m).