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Moody Confirms Plans To Walk Away

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

Peter Moody has confirmed his intention to walk away from the racing industry in the wake of his six month suspension handed down by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board for cobalt-related offences, reports Racing.com. Speaking at a press conference outside his Caulfield stables yesterday, the champion Victorian trainer said a number of factors - including financial, professional, personal, emotional and psychological - played a role in his decision. "We're over what we're doing at the moment," Moody said. "But when we made this decision, it was a weight off our shoulders. I can't see myself training again in the foreseeable future." He added: "I'm never one to say never...but I won't be returning to the training ranks in six months." Moody was found guilty of administering or causing to be administered a prohibited substance (i.e. cobalt) to former French galloper Lidari in the spring of 2014, but was cleared of the most serious charge of deliberately administering a prohibited substance for the purpose of affecting a horse's performance. The trainer of Black Caviar admitted that the long-running case - which lasted approximately 18 months - had taken a toll. "The fact that I can walk away confidently and know that I've been judged not to be a cheat has made that decision somewhat easier," he said. "I can suggest to myself I am doing it on my own terms now, rather than walking away with a disqualification and the suggestion I have been a cheat. That was probably of the upmost importance to me." He added: "There's moments where it really gets you down, I'd be lying if I said otherwise. It has been difficult, but I've had terrific support...and the belief I've done nothing wrong - and that's stood me in good stead." Moody has ruled out any prospect of an appeal. "I'm over it - this has been basically an 18-month saga," he said. "Financially it's very draining and I'd be lying to you if I said it wasn't mentally draining. My legal team are very disappointed I haven't chosen that path, but I couldn't put myself through it and I couldn't put my clients through it." Moody, who advised his clients on Monday of his decision, has already started transferring horse's to other stables. His final runners will step out at Moonee Valley tomorrow night with Kinglike and Flamberge aiming to send him out on a high in the Gr1 William Reid Stakes (1200m). Click here to read the full story and watch video highlights from the press conference at Racing.com.

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