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Moody Hits Out At Racing Officials

Thursday, 17th September 2015

Peter Moody said he is willing to walk away from the sport he loves in an emotional interview during Racing.com's broadcast yesterday. Moody, who is already facing cobalt charges, said he was considering handing in his training licence after being the subject of another stewards probe, this time relating to the late scratching of Lady Tatia yesterday. The 5YO mare, who was scheduled to run in the fourth race at Pakenham, was withdrawn by order of stewards after undergoing a suspected raceday treatment. Moody accepted full responsibility after one of his staff mistakenly applied a clay poultice to the horse. Despite containing a minor prohibited substance, the treatment is commonly used by trainers and is permitted under the Rules of Racing except on raceday. Moody's primary argument seems to be that the regulation of the racing industry has become draconian. He said that new rules were being introduced by the governing body Racing Australia with increasing frequency, and without any consultation with the people who understand horse management best - the trainers. "I can't blame anyone, I've got to accept responsibility, as the rule stands today I'm guilty," Moody told Racing.com's Shane Anderson. "But I think it's a ridiculous bloody rule and some of these need to be revisited and revisited quick for the better of racing. We are faced with a rule book which I believe there are too many for us to adhere to, and too many for the stewards to police." Moody said he has had enough. "I've reached a point where I don't care, and that really saddens me," he said. "The ARB (Australian Racing Board) has suddenly started making announcements and rule changes without consultation with the industry. Where do we stop? This has gone beyond a joke." He added: "It's affected my business, it's affecting my mentality, my ability to train my horses. I've got the support of my family, I can walk away. I hope I don't have to walk away from the industry, but I'm in a situation where I can. I'm prepared to go and be a 'navvy' on the railway if I can get a job there, I'm not too proud, and I'm happy to do that."

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