Moody and Nolen seal Melbourne titles
July 28, 2012 10:22:04 UK
Black Caviar's trainer Peter Moody and jockey Luke Nolen sealed the Melbourne titles with a winning treble at Caulfield with the partnership taking both the trainers' and jockeys' city premierships.
Nolen's final winner of the day, Club Command, was the 600th he has ridden for Moody, who celebrated the milestone in Formula One style by spraying his rider with champagne.
Luke has played a huge part in my career and particularly this year, my best season ever. Peter Moody
"It's worked pretty well for both of us," Moody said.
"Luke has played a huge part in my career and particularly this year, my best season ever.
"I'd like to think I've played a part in his too."
Nolen and Moody first teamed successfully in May 2003, winning a maiden at Sale with a gelding named Umagold.
They have since combined on some outstanding horses, the most notable the Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee champion Black Caviar who Nolen has partnered in 19 of her 22 wins.
"It's been a pleasure, really," Nolen said.
"Peter's horses are well prepared, it makes it easier."
Nolen and Moody opened their account at Caulfield with Planet Voyage in the Natalie Hunter Handicap (1000m), a win that opened up a three-win lead in the jockeys' premiership over Craig Newitt.
The pair then took out the day's feature, the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) with Ready To Rip, coming home with Club Command in the final event.
With only tomorrow's Sandown meeting remaining in town before the end of the season, Nolen is five in front of Newitt who could conceivably level the score if all five of his mounts are successful.
But Nolen has by far the better book of rides and is assured of regaining his championship title.
The Caulfield treble took Moody's city total for the season to 90 and his all-tracks tally to 208.
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