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Moody To Quit

Tuesday, 22nd March 2016

Peter Moody has confirmed rumours that he will not return to racing after he serves his six months suspension for cobalt use, reports Racing.com. 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 Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board on Friday suspended the champion Victorian trainer for a period of 12 months, six months of which is suspended. However, a disillusioned Moody confirmed in correspondence to his clients yesterday that it is his intention to in fact walk away from the sport that has made him a household name in Australia. "It is with much regret and a heartfelt decision that I have to inform you that I am going to recant my suggestion on Friday of where I said I would be back training in 6 months," he said. "After a lot of deliberation with my family and senior management staff, we didn't feel it was going to be a viable or workable proposition to employ another trainer to care take the stable for the 6 month period of my suspension." He added: "RV worked with us at looking at putting it together, and it would have been possible but I just felt it was going to be very hard to make it workable and do the best by yourselves as the clients and more importantly by your horses. With this in mind I have made the ultimate decision that at this point in time I will not be returning to the training of racehorses in the foreseeable future." Moody will begin transferring horses to other stables immediately. His suspension commences at midnight on Thursday.

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