Peter Moody certainly knew how to train a Victorian bred horse or two. Need we mention Black Caviar?
But his talents don’t stop there. A black-type winner at Flemington on the weekend showed Moody can breed a jolly good horse in Victoria too.
Ability, trained by Robert Smerdon for the Sly family took out the the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final over 1200 metres at Flemington.
The Peter Moody bred son of Reward For Effort (another champion trained by Moody) demonstrated he is a classy galloper with a Group racing future ahead of him.
Moody bred the now four-year-old gelding from a mare he trained, Paeroa, who was owned his wife Sarah and mother Janice.
“I trained Reward For Effort (to win a Blue Diamond), and just love him. I send a few mares, and I kept stallion breeding rights to him,” Moody said.
Ability was sold through the Yallambee Stud draft of the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $150,000 to the bid of Matchem Racing.
He has now won six of his 15 starts with four placings and has amassed $278,250 in career prize money.
Ability is out of Dubai Destination mare, Paeroa, a half sister to Group 2 Matriarch Stakes winner Well Rounded (Reset).
Paeroa was sold for $70,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in foal to Darley Victoria’s Helmet (Exceed And Excel) and has produced a colt, before being covered by fellow Darley stallion Reset (Zabeel) last season.
“I sold the mare to Twin Palms Stud, as due to circumstances, I needed to lighten the load. They were good clients of mine (as a trainer), they were keen to have the mare and we all knew she was going to get the job done. It was a shame I had to sell her,” Moody said.
Moody and his family are loyal supporters of the Victorian industry with current interests in about fifteen mares.
“My plan is to breed a few nice ones, and we have been fortunate having bred the Group 1 Sydney Cup winner Jessicabeel. We bred Nurse Kitchen’s family, and although we sold her, we still have her mother and a full sister,” Moody said
“We like to line up Victorian stallions for our mares and Reward for Effort is doing a bloody good job.
“Most of our mares reside in Victoria, so even if we feel that they may be better mated with other stallions, they still come home to Victoria to be VOBIS qualified,” Moody said.
Among other horses bred by Moody is Macau based son of Magnus, The Alfonso. Having raced in Sydney, Hong Kong and Macau, he has racked up earnings of in excess of a $1 million.
Chatswood Stud’s Greg Willis is thrilled with how well Reward For Effort is travelling and is looking forward to a busy season ahead.
“He is just doing a great job and, along with Ability, he had two other winners on Saturday, with Threepeat at the Darwin Carnival and the two year old Fancy Rumble at Gawler (a metro meeting),” Willis said.
“The few tentative bookings to him (Reward for Effort) before Ability’s win, have all confirmed after Saturday. He will certainly have a very nice book of mares.
Willis said Reward for Effort has been getting big numbers every year, and with the mares continuing to improve in quality, the best is yet to come.
“One out of the box, a two-year-old with Mick Price called Mactier, is looking to have a promising spring while there are Reward For Efforts in all the good stables, Weir has 12 or 15.
“We are very lucky to have him as a stallion. We got him straight off the track, a Blue Diamond winner by Exceed and Excel, and it’s great for the Victorian breeding industry that he is here, as horses like him usually go straight to the Hunter”.
Reward For Effort has now moved up to third on the Australian third season sires premiership table by earnings – only behind Hinchinbrook with a service fee of $44,000 and Star Witness at $33,000. With 74 individual winners, Reward For Effort is leading third season sire by winners.
Reward For Effort, who covered 209 mares in 2015 and 173 last year, will stand at Chatswood Stud for the highly competitive fee of $16,500 (Inc. GST) in 2017.