“I didn’t see a big future in him, but he’s proved me wrong time after time.”
Those were the words of now retired Caulfield trainer Peter Moody following Flamberge’s triumph in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley last night.
It was indeed the third victory at the highest level for the Contract Racing (David and Jenny Moodie) home-bred gelding having won the Goodwood Handicap last season and the Oakleigh Plate earlier this year.
It was also a tremendously fitting way for racing to send off one of its most successful and popular trainers of the modern era.
Peter Moody has trained no less than seven Victorian bred Group 1 winners.
They include the world champion Black Caviar along with Flamberge, Magnus, Reward for Effort, Mid Summer Music, Riva San and Testafiable. Two of these, Magnus and Reward for Effort, are both successful sires standing in Victoria.
For the highly recognisable ‘fluoro’ green, purple and gold colours of the Moodie family, Moody has bred a bevy of black type winners including Solicit, Kinglike and Royal Haunt among others.
In narrowly edging out Holler in the William Reid Stakes, Flamberge now has 11 wins and 9 minor placings from his 32 starts and prizemoney of more than $1.7 million.
“He’s a remarkable little horse, it’s no secret he grew on us over a period of time,” Moody said after the race.
If you asked me to name my best 20 horses he probably wouldn’t be amongst them – but he’s won three Group Ones.
“He won a Goodwood and we were over the moon. He won an Oakleigh Plate and we thought we’d had every pancake day we could ever find.”
The Macedon Ranges farm of the Moodies bred him from their multiple stakes winning mare Razor Blade (Blazing Sword). She has also foaled the Flemington stakes winners Curtana (Exceed And Excel) and Sunburnt Land (Scenic) along with the Ellerton-Zahra trained 3yo Durendal.
Razor Blade has a yearling colt by Darley’s Helmet and was covered by Redoute’s Choice last season.
The Moodies have quite a history with the family. Razor Blade is a daughter of Blazing Sword who won two stakes races at Flemington in days when Contract Racing’s colours were carried by Harry White.
Blazing Sword (Marscay) retired to stand at the Moodie’s Craigielea Stud at Kilmore and sired Contract Racing mare Arctic Scent, winner of the 1996 Caulfield Cup.