Moody looking for Lightning trifecta
Peter Moody, and just about everyone else, accepts that he will win the first leg of the Flemington Group One sprint double with Black Caviar in Saturday’s Lightning Stakes.
But the trainer is also intent on maximising his prospects in the second leg, the Newmarket Handicap.
Moody will run his talented pair Golden Archer and Moment Of Change against their stablemate on Saturday mainly to keep her company in what could be her farewell to Melbourne.
They will then go on to the Newmarket three weeks later where the gloves will come off and they will be running for a Group One win of their own.
Moody said he had initially intended giving Moment Of Change a trial before the Newmarket, but then had a closer look at his racing record.
“It wasn’t my intention to run him,” Moody said.
“But I’d forgotten the horse had never been to Flemington before.”
Rather than run for no reward on an inferior surface in a trial, Moody will be looking to pick up expenses and give Moment Of Change valuable experience of the Flemington straight track.
“He’ll get full exposure to the straight and then he’s got a nice three-week break to the Newmarket.”
Perhaps the only regret Moody has coming into the Black Caviar Lightning Stakes is that he is virtually compelled to run Golden Archer against her.
“He’s a high-quality sprinting horse who was always going to run,” he said.
“Unfortunately he has to take on Black Caviar.
“I’m not kidding myself and expecting either of them to trouble their stablemate, but I’m expecting them both to run well.”