Meet Black Caviar's trainer at the Warwick Picnic Races
THERE would be few Southern Downs residents who have not heard of Black Caviar and next weekend they will have a chance to meet the trainer responsible for the champion thoroughbred's stellar form.
Peter Moody will be at Allman Park next Saturday, May 11, for the Warwick Picnic Races as ambassador for Battle of the Bush, one the Queensland biggest amateur races.
Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant said Moody will be one the biggest names to ever grace the stands at Allman Park.
"Moody is a bit of legend in the industry, having trained Black Cavier,” Grant said.
"I have not met the man but he seems like a knockabout sort of bloke that you could have a chat with.”
The Battle of the Bush is a series of eight non-TAB races held at country tracks across Queensland. The top 16 horses are selected for a final held at the Tattersall's Tiara Race Day in Brisbane.
It attracts trainers from across regional Queensland, giving them a chance to win $125,000 in prizemoney.
The races are sure to draw a crowd and Grant said Peter Moody's appearance would add to the appeal of the day.
"I think there'll be a few people who would like to see him and meet him, have a chat and get a selfie,” he said
"I don't know how he goes with selfies but he'll get a few request for them.”
Over the years there have been some big names at Allman Park, but few have had the appeal of a man who trained one of Australia's top race horses.
"We had a prime minister here a few years ago,” Grant said
"I can't remember who though, it was before my time.
"Johnny Ruffo was an ambassador for the Picnic Races two years ago and drew a crowd.”
There are a few local trainers keen to place a runner in the Battle of the Bush qualifier.
Les Clarke from Killarney will enter Drum Master.
"He's not a world beater but he is handy,” Clarke said
"You've just got to place them in a class you think they can handle, which is hard.”
If Drum Master wins, Clarke will be reunited with Moody.
About 25 years ago Clarke sent a horse by the name of Pedro and Les to train with Moody.
"That was a long time ago and Peter was just starting out in Brisbane, but I reckon he'll remember,” Clarke said.