Moody Revels In Intercode Mission

“THEY tell me a maiden at Warragul dogs is akin to the Balnarring picnics!” ... was the response from champion trainer Peter Moody.

"THEY tell me a maiden at Warragul dogs is akin to the Balnarring picnics!"

So said champion thoroughbred trainer Peter Moody after celebrating a winning return to greyhound ownership at Warragul last Saturday.

Enjoying a rare Saturday afternoon off, Moody was trackside to watch lightly-raced youngster Engelke Road, trained by Ned McDonald, open his account at his second attempt.

Moody is now chasing a unique two-code double; at Sandown Park on Thursday night and then Royal Randwick on Saturday afternoon.

Engelke Road makes his city debut in race one at Sandown, while Moody's main focus will be with I Wish I Win, which is challenging for favouritism in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) on Day 1 of The Championships.

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"I had dogs years ago in a syndicate with Michael Bryant, my horse chiropractor, whose father was Ned Bryant (Australian Greyhound Racing Hall Of Fame member)," Moody explained.

"Zac Purton was in the syndicate, so was Ted Demmler. We were all from different codes, so we called it the Tricode Syndicate. 

"They were trained in Queensland by Glenn Smith. A dog called Tricode Star was Group 1 placed.

"My daughter has adopted a greyhound, so we've got one in the backyard, and he's the coolest dog ever, so I said to young Ned (McDonald) to keep an eye out for one.

"We didn't have any runners last Saturday and I was at the Pakenham stables, so me and a couple of the boys took the work ute to Warragul. Before that I didn't know what colour the dog was!

"I went to the Melbourne Cup a couple of years ago (2021) and was very impressed by David Geall. I was more impressed when I backed Koblenz and he won the Cup!

"So I've got two bitches with David as well. One, by Aston Rupee and Up Hill Jill, has just been broken in, and the other one is trialling up."

Engelke Road, named after Moody's address, will be chasing a $5,900 winner's purse at Sandown, while on Saturday I Wish I Win and stablemate Chain Of Lightning will line up in the $3 million TJ Smith.

"I Wish I Win is in the top echelon of sprinters but he's coming back after three or four months off," Moody said.

"Chain Of Lightning is stepping up in grade but they're forecasting rain and that certainly won't frighten her."

Ned McDonald has a connection to Moody through his father, former training great Darren McDonald, and he was delighted with Engelke Road's strong-finishing, albeit narrow, 26.09sec Warragul success.

"Peter's a friend of my old man and this is the first dog I've had for him," McDonald said.

"He's grouse. He obviously knows what the caper is all about, so he's a great owner and an even better bloke!

"Peter was thrilled on Saturday. I was really pleased too, because you want to keep your owners happy.

"I do have an opinion of the dog. He just has some bad habits and needs to learn how to race. In time, he'll get over a bit of ground. Put it this way, I've had slower dogs!

"Saturday's race was over 460m and I reckon he covered 520m, so drawing box one on Thursday night probably isn't going to help."

* Main image courtesy Kyle Galley

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