Peter Moody to Shutter Caulfield Operation
Peter Moody got off lightly following his recent guilty verdict, receiving just a six-month ban for his involvement in the cobalt scandal, yet he still plans to close his Caulfield stables on Thursday.
All the workers at the stable will be left to find jobs with other trainers, which might not be easy, given the probable perception that they may share Moody’s taint.
Moody is walking away from racing for now and the foreseeable future, even though it would have been feasible to keep the operation running under the direction of a temporary replacement trainer. He was rather specific in mentioning a time period of 12 months to two years for his return.
He claims that his initial plan to install a caretaker while he was serving his six-month ban was abandoned out of a concern for the owners of the thoroughbreds in his care.
The three stables at Moody’s Caulfield operation was capable of holding more than 100 horses. Those horses have been transported to other stables.
Racing Victoria stewards apparently felt that Moody was let off far too lightly. They are considering submitting an appeal to the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.
Moody lieutenant David Brideoake was under consideration to fill in for Moody, who along with Moody’s wife Sarah, are part-owners to some degree in about 70 of the horses who are now homeless, er, make that stable-less.